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Last Updated: 09/15/14

Phase 0

The NCI established the Developmental Therapeutics Section (DTS) within the CCR so that DCTD could use Phase 0 clinical trial designs as permitted by the FDA’s Exploratory IND Guidance to evaluate agents early in the clinical development process. DTS also designs and conducts Phase I and II trials of novel agents; many of the trials are multicenter collaborations with other specialist cancer centers, oncology groups, and consortia. The potential for rapid patient accrual combined with the world-class resources of the CCR allow the optimum evaluation of promising new anticancer agents.