New Developmental Therapeutics Clinic Opens
The new Developmental Therapeutics Clinic (DTC) is officially open after years of planning. Associate professor of medicine Dr. Manish Patel and professor of medicine Dr. Charles Ryan designed the clinic as a more streamlined way to house phase one clinical cancer trials. Anywhere from six to ten trials can occur simultaneously at the clinic. During this stage in cancer trials, treatments are tested for safety, dosage and efficacy in different forms of cancer. After approval, treatments will continue to be developed elsewhere and will be tailored to target individual cancer types, Dr. Naomi Fujioka said. In recent years, drugs have also been developed to target specific genetic traits and other characteristics of cancer.