Dr Martin Eatock, Consultant / Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology,
Northern Ireland Cancer Centre
spoke of the efforts being made to improve treatment in this complex area of care and discussed a study of 75 patients in a three-armed trial.
said that the trial had shown benefits although he
added that the small trial size and the range of diseases studied meant that it was hard to draw firm conclusions.
asked: "What do clinical trials mean for clinical practice?
Is progression-free survival enough of a benefit to consider using drugs which cost up to £3,000 a month?"
concluded by saying that there is hope for the future using drugs currently under development and added: "There is a clear need for clinical trials based on an understanding of diverse biology.