Why I Joined a Clinical Trial

In English: I have participated in two clinical trials because I wanted to receive a different type of treatment that is not available to me as standard of care. I am very grateful to God and the doctors and nurses, as I have been treated very well.

In Spanish: Participé en dos ensayos clínicos porque quería recibír un tipo de tratamiento diferente que no está disponible para mí como cuidado estándar. Estoy muy agradecida con dios y con los médicos y enfermeras, ya que me han tratado muy bien.

~ Luz Elena Ronquillo

Type(s) of Trial: Treatment

Trial Link(s): A Study of VB-111 With Paclitaxel vs Paclitaxel for Treatment of Recurrent Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancer (OVAL)

I participated in the STAR research study. I did so because I have always heard through research that I may be able to help someone else. Through this study, physician scientists will learn more ways of prevention and treatment. I have a strong family history of cancer, maybe this research will be helpful to the next generation.

~ Margaret Schweigert

Type(s) of Trial: Prevention

Trial Link(s): Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR)

Living through my sister’s heroic battle with breast cancer and being a woman at high risk, I knew there had to be a better way than “watch and wait”. Prevention became my passion; BCPT my clinical trial to find answers to prevent this disease for my young nieces and all women. Together, through clinical trials, we can prevent breast cancer.

~ Marty Smith

Type(s) of Trial: Prevention

Trial Link(s): The Breast Cancer Prevention Trial, where tamoxifen was found to reduce breast cancer risk by half compared to a placebo.

I want to participate in the clinical trial to advance our research and technology. I want to contribute in saving our women in the coming generations.

~ Madhu Sood

Type(s) of Trial: Screening

Trial Link(s): TMIST –Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial 2D vs 3D Breast Cancer Screening

I chose to participate in a research trial to have a little part in helping to find new procedures and treatments to help others.  I feel I want to give back, it’s my obligation.

~ Larry Spivey

Type(s) of Trial: Supportive Care

Trial Link(s): Testing the Effects of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) , Myopenia and Mechanisms of Chemotherapy Toxicity in Older Adults With Colorectal Cancer

Portrait of Rebecca Thomas

I participated in this trial because, as an science educator, I understand that clinical trials are vital to advance our knowledge and medical treatments.

~ Rebecca L. Thomas

Type(s) of Trial: Treatment

Trial Link(s): Paclitaxel With or Without Carboplatin and/or Bevacizumab Followed by Doxorubicin and Cyclophosphamide in Treating Patients With Breast Cancer That Can Be Removed by Surgery

I want to be part of something to help improve outcomes for people. If this research makes a difference for even one person,  it will be worth it.

~ Kathy Tucker

Type(s) of Trial: Screening

Trial Link(s): TMIST –Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial 2D vs 3D Breast Cancer Screening

About 6 years after I stopped smoking my daughter called to tell me about a new study that involved former smokers. So I signed up hoping that my information would help contribute to a reduction of lung cancer in smokers.

~ Mary Walsh

Type(s) of Trial: Prevention

Trial Link(s): Iloprost in Preventing Lung Cancer in Former Smokers

I accepted the offer to be a part of the cancer study since I am young and would love to help other young people facing cancer. I am willing to help any way I can to help make cancer treatments better!

~ Susan Weninger

Type(s) of Trial: Supportive Care

Trial Link(s): Netupitant/Palonosetron Hydrochloride and Dexamethasone With or Without Prochlorperazine or Olanzapine in Improving Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting in Patients With Breast Cancer , Treatment Effects on Development of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Patients With Cancer

I was very excited to participate in this particular trial offered through the Cancer Institute to hopefully improve my chemo induced neuropathy. In being part of this research, I consider it a privilege to give back to those doctors and nurses who gave so much to me during my cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy.

~ Christy White

Type(s) of Trial: Supportive Care

Trial Link(s): Testing the Effects of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)

I participated in the trial because I wanted to honor the women that had come before and helped me have so many amazing treatment options. I also have friends who stopped taking Tamoxifen because they could not handle the side effects, and I really want my niece and her generation to have better alternatives if they ever need them.

~ Eshanthika Wijesinha

Type(s) of Trial: Prevention

Trial Link(s): Testing an Active Form of Tamoxifen (4-hydroxytamoxifen) Delivered Through the Breast Skin to Control Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) of the Breast

Hi, my name is Raffaellina and [am here] thanks to the European Institute of Oncology and to the research! I am 76 years old and I have been diagnosed [with] breast cancer. I have chosen to participate into a clinical trial because of the clear and accurate explanation of my options and future perspectives and for the confidence in research transmitted by the Team I felt as a” human being” and not as a “number”, and this feeling has not changed afterwards. I was so scared about my future, but when the team proposed me to participate in the study, I have accepted it with enthusiasm. No adverse event occurred, and moreover, I have experienced benefit that impacted the definitive surgery. We need to trust and support clinical research!

~ Raffaellina

Type(s) of Trial: Prevention

Trial Link(s): Alternative Dosing of Exemestane Before Surgery in Treating Postmenopausal Patients With Stage 0-II Estrogen Positive Breast Cancer

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