compassionate use

Definition of compassionate use

compassionate use

(kum-PA-shuh-nut yoos)
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 allows patients to receive promising but not yet fully studied or approved cancer therapies when no other treatment option exists. Also called expanded access.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms