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compassionate use trial (kum-PA-shuh-nut yoos TRY-ul)

A way to provide an investigational therapy to a patient who is not eligible to receive that
therapy in a clinical trial, but who has a serious or life-threatening illness for which other
treatments are not available. Compassionate use trials allow patients to receive promising but not
yet fully studied or approved cancer therapies when no other treatment option exists. Also called
expanded access trial.

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