10 Cancer Clinical Trial Facts Every Patient Should Know

Extraordinary scientific advances have been made in the last few decades in the fight against cancer. Translating these breakthroughs into clinical progress will significantly impact treatment for cancer patients.

But how much progress we make depends largely on patients’ willingness to participate in clinical trials and physicians’ encouragement of clinical trials as a treatment option.

For pancreatic cancer, for example, there are few effective treatment options. This makes clinical trial participation for this cancer vital to the research in which scientists are seeking new and better treatments.

Lack of awareness of trials, and low prioritization of clinical trials by physicians and patients facing cancer, contribute to low enrollment rates. Whether they’re reluctant to participate or unaware of the opportunities, physicians and cancer patients should not ignore clinical trials. People who are willing to be a part of this process will help us find new diagnostics and treatment options — for themselves and other cancer patients.

Here are 10 things you might not know about clinical trials:

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*credit verbatim via everydayhealth.com and Lynn Matrisian, PhD, MBA, is vice president of scientific and medical affairs at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network*

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6 responses to “10 Cancer Clinical Trial Facts Every Patient Should Know

  1. My dad just got diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer on the 20th. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. My Dad got diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer (inoperable) with mets on the liver (non-resectable) in December 2014. He is 65 years old, was in good physical condition prior to diagnosis. He did Gemcitabine chemo, pancreatic tumour didn’t grow but the liver tumour did. He is still quite up and about, though a lot weaker. Keeping positive.

    • Hello, I’m very sorry to hear this. My own father was 59 when he was diagnosed; healthy, strong as a bull as well.
      That is all you can do – staying positive, that is. Make sure to impart as much of it, along with love, into your father every second you can.

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