ESMO fosters the advancement of cancer research by supporting clinical trials workshops to inspire young oncologists from different disciplines across the globe to become the next generation of active researchers.
The discovery of new and innovative genetic tests, targeted therapies and innovative treatment strategies can be enhanced through specific training of junior researchers in the design and methodology of clinical trials protocols. Particularly interesting are those trials with a strong translational research component that further advances the understanding of cancer as a disease.
Carefully designed clinical trials allow the prioritisation of resources and funding. They also facilitate the selection and prospective development of clinico-genomic and ‘niche’ clinical trials, necessary to increase the success and discovery of answers to strategically important clinical questions.
In the practice of medical oncology, the application of the principles of good clinical and laboratory practice is essential to achieve effective and measurable results that can be translated into evidence-based medicine and can directly contribute to new standards of patient care.