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Meet a Clinical Trial Participant

  • Recently, we met Pamela, who is participating in a clinical trial. In May 2015, she was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer.

    “After the biopsy, they told me I had an appointment to get a second opinion, and they had a very interesting trial going on.” –Pamela

    After a cancer diagnosis, people often struggle with difficult choices. Pamela’s doctor gave the opportunity to consider a clinical trial.

  • Clinical trials are the backbone of drug development. Every medicine, while different in function, has one thing in common: before reaching you, it was tested in a clinical trial.

    “By participating in clinical trials, I honor those before me and improve treatments for those to come.” —clinical trial participant

  • Clinical trials are available for all cancer types and stages, and you can consider one at any time.

  • Many people are involved in the clinical trial process, and all of them are working toward a common goal: to learn the effectiveness of the study drug -- good or bad. In addition to the medical team, an internal support system of family, friends and loved ones can make all the difference.

    "You need a caregiver, and you need the person who's taking the treatment to be together. You can do it alone, but it's nice that you don't have to." –Pamela and her husband, Brent

  • A clinical trial may or may not be right for you or a loved one. You, alongside your support network and your healthcare provider, should make that decision. To learn more about clinical trials, explore the information provided on