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Patient-Focused Drug Development

The Oncology Center of Excellence PFDD program fosters collaboration between FDA Centers and external stakeholders involved in patient outcomes research in cancer populations. The program focuses on three key areas:

  • Actively engaging with patients and advocacy groups.
  • Fostering research into measurement of the patient experience.
  • Generating science-based recommendations for regulatory policy.

Cancer patients experience disease symptoms and symptomatic treatment side effects that can impact their ability to function and other aspects of their health-related quality of life. The PFDD Program is working to identify rigorous methods to assess the patient experience that will complement existing survival and tumor information to provide additional evidence about the effects of cancer therapies on patients.