Your Role in Research
As we have "discussed" before, everything that is known about cancer are is because patients have been willing to participate in clinical trials. Without participants, nothing that happens in the lab can ever become standard treatments. Clinical trials are important throughout the whole spectrum of cancer, not just for advanced disease. There are often relevant trials for people who are newly diagnosed with early stage cancers. And there are very often trials that may be helpful for people who are living with advanced illness.
This is an excellent review from Cancer Net about your/our role in research:
What Is the Patient’s Role in Cancer Research?
May 10, 2016
Lidia Schapira, MD, FASCO
Every June in Chicago, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) holds its Annual
Meeting. There is excitement and anticipation in the air as doctors and patients alike look
forward to learning about the latest in cancer research.
Through research, like that highlighted at ASCO’s Annual Meeting, we identify new
approaches to cancer treatment that lead to better outcomes for patients. Research also
unveils new ways of handling difficult symptoms and minimizing the side effects of treatment. I
believe that scientific innovation will bring us closer to our ideal treatment situation—when
treatments are matched to the needs and preferences of individual patients. We can only
accomplish this if cancer research truly represents a joint effort between patients and doctors,
with a common purpose and shared effort and responsibility.