Frequently asked questions – what patients would like to know.
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In a clinical study new drugs are tested, often prior to official approval, under strict observation and after approval by a committee of experts for effects and side effects, so that their usage can be compared with the effect of already available and proven drugs. Clinical therapy studies are a precondition for the development of new and more effective drugs.
An innovative therapy can possibly be effective if one or more scientifically validated and approved therapies have failed, or are no longer effective. An innovative therapy can create a benefit when used in conjunction with an established therapy. For example, a better chance of shrinking the tumor (remission).
On the other hand, new treatment methods can create unknown risks. These therapies are less proven than established ones, which can cause less or no effectiveness or unexpected side effects.
With the help of formal criteria of your individual disease (stage, tumor form, receptor status, etc.) we research those from among thousands of studies in cancer medicine in which you can possibly be included. Our choices make no statements regarding the medical usefulness of a given study. This can only be determined by your treating physician in conversation with you. Maintaining your doctor-patient relationship is our highest priority.
iuvando is a service provider for patients and doctors. We have the overview of all innovative therapies that are currently being offered in Germany within the framework of a clinical trial for cancer patients. This allows us to search for individual studies which are tailor-made for your individual illness. We transmit the results of our search to you and your treating physician. If your doctor thinks that treatment of your illness within such a study is a good idea, and you have decided to participate, we will arrange for an appointment for you at the nearest study center (for example, either a focused practice or a university clinic).
iuvando was founded by physicians. However, we can principally not give you information regarding your illness, therapy or prognosis beyond the results of our research of studies. That information is reserved for your physician.
We can principally not make any statements regarding the probability of success in a clinical trial. Often results of studying new active ingredients and forms of therapy are already available. We will be happy to make those available to your physician. He or she is your only contact partner when it comes to the treatment of your cancer.
If, together with your treating physician, you decide to participate in a study, you will be thoroughly informed of possible risks of the study therapy by the physician of the study center (for example, a university clinic). You then have the opportunity to ask extensive questions of that physician because he or she is thoroughly familiar with the study. Only once this has been completed, and you have signed a declaration of consent, can you be included in the study. You will have the right to revoke your consent anytime (even after starting the study therapy) without giving any reasons.
Clinical studies are financed by a so-called sponsor. This could be research institutions, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry or public institutions/universities. Unlike approved treatment methods, health insurance does not cover clinical studies. In the area of oncology, the research and development costs for a new drug can reach hundreds of millions. iuvando cooperates with the sponsors of various studies and is compensated through budgets earmarked for research and development.
The search for therapy studies, to which you may be admitted based on your illness, is at no cost to you as the patient. Also, physicians and health insurance companies are not charged for this service.
Of course, if you are interested, your physician can introduce you anytime to a study center (such as a university clinic). However, each study center offers a variety of studies. Our service advantage is that you will receive only those studies in which you may be included based on your individual illness. Your physician gains an overview and can discuss with you what makes medical sense without having to spend precious time on researching the appropriate studies.
iuvando plans on helping all cancer patients in their search of an appropriate study in the future.