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Published on May 10, 2019

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Today's research, tomorrow's cure

Vaccinations eliminated several infectious diseases. Minimally invasive surgeries shortened hospital stays. Targeted cancer treatments result in higher survival rates. Without clinical trials, these medical innovations wouldn't be possible.

Clinical trials are studies in which people volunteer to use new drugs or devices, with the goal of developing new medical treatments. All treatments (including new drugs and drug protocols, devices and procedures) must go through clinical trials before approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

On any day, Gundersen Health System has about 125 clinical trials available for patients with cancer, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's disease, lupus and other serious or life-threatening diseases. Clinical trials at Gundersen give patients access to the same cutting-edge treatments offered at other premier medical research hospitals—and often much earlier than they are available to the public.

Clinical trials can mean:

  • Hope when few treatment options remain.
  • Confidence in living a longer, healthier life with chronic disease.
  • Comfort knowing someone else's life could improve.

The success of research depends on patients like you who agree to try a new drug or device. Treatments we take for granted as "standard care" today are due to decades of research.

Give the gift of hope

Thanks to the generosity of our community, Gundersen Medical Foundation can invest in cutting-edge clinical trials to benefit you, your loved ones, and your friends and neighbors.

"Protected resources, such as gifts designated for research, help ensure clinical trials are available for our patients and that research remains a top priority. Know that your gifts are contributing to a wider body of knowledge to make new discoveries in medical practice and treatment, both locally and globally," says Mandy Nogle, director of Development, Gundersen Medical Foundation.

To learn more about clinical trials at Gundersen, talk to your healthcare provider.

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