Clinical Research Glossary

disease progression disease progression


An illness getting worse over time.

Example of disease progression in a sentence

Disease progression refers to a disease or condition getting worse for a patient.

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Disease progression can refer to a disease or symptoms getting worse.

It can also refer to a person’s functional abilities declining.

Other info to think about when joining a study

Depending on the kind of study you are considering or reading about, you may see or hear references to “disease progression” during the informed consent process or other informational study materials.

Disease progression may be used to explain the purpose of a study or explain the reason for particular procedures and tests. For example, a study could be collecting data on whether the disease progresses after taking a treatment.

If you have any questions about what it means for a study to look at disease progression, you should ask the study team.

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