The fight against cancer wears many faces. The strength and courage
of the patients and their families, along with the resolve and talent of
the physicians and medical staff who directly work with them, are the
weapons used to wage the war. Take a moment to read what these
courageous fighters have to say about their clinical trial experiences
"I never had the fear of being a guinea pig. I
never felt that I was in an experimental situation. I
always had the impression that I was being treated very
professionally, and that the data that was being
gathered was being submitted to scientists who wanted to
either improve this drug or adjust the dose so that it's
more effective to treat a particular disease. I never
felt that I was being used to do anything that I hadn't
— Mary Kay
"I wanted to enroll in a clinical trial. If I was going to undergo extensive treatments, I wanted to make sure my experiences counted for something. People diagnosed with cancer today are living longer and enjoying a higher quality of life thanks to cancer patients who enroll in clinical trials. And, the treatments I received were the same as I could have received had I traveled to some of the major cancer clinics. I didn’t have to leave Northwest Ohio!"
"The communication was very good with the caregivers. You could ask any questions that you wanted, you could ask the doctors anything.
And the nurses were just really wonderful."
"I think the family was a little worried about being in the clinical trial because I think its more associated with guinea pig type of thing. But it really wasn’t. I just talked to them and told them that the doctor thought that would be best. So thats what we went with. I was extremely comfortable with the care. They were very personable and great to
work with. The doctors and the nurses did a great job of explaining everything, all the meds and the side effects and what I could expect."
"I went into the trial having done my own
extensive research. From the start, I impressed with not
only the knowledge that the staff possessed, but with
how much they cared. My participation in the trial gave
me a sense of purpose, I felt like I was doing something
to actively help cancer research."
"I felt good about my participation in a clinical
trial because it gave me an tremendous opportunity.
While I was helping myself to heal, I was also helping
others who might face the same challenges in the future.
My hope is that the results of my trial will go on to
positively affect the lives of patients in the future."