Clinical Trials for Cancer Patients – Top Three Myths Revealed
So why do less than 5% of cancer patients choose to participate in clinical trials?
The answer is due to common myths that cancer experts hear and see every day. So, we’re breaking down the facts on clinical trials. First, let’s start with exactly what clinical trials are and how they affect cancer research.
A clinical trial is the careful research that takes place after promising results are seen in the laboratory. In this process, medical professionals closely and carefully conduct a study with a small group of people. They make sure the drug or treatment is not too strong and that every patient is kept safe. This careful human research keeps medicine moving forward.
Clinical trials are the reason new treatments exist for cancers that were previously considered incurable. Every cancer treatment, drug or therapy that is in place today had its start in a clinical trial.
Let’s debunk the three most common myths about clinical trials together.
From Poor Prognosis to Living His Best Life
See how an immunotherapy clinical trial gave 54-year-old John Sodeika the opportunity to beat stage four gastric cancer.
The healthy, active, 54-year-old father of two, John Sodeika, was shocked when he received an advanced gastric cancer diagnosis in 2019. Thanks to his loving family and friends, positive attitude, and treatment from Dr. Rubin, Dr. Wang, and his Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute team, he is off treatment and living his life to the fullest!
You don’t have to travel far to find a clinical trial in Florida.
Cancer care experts with Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute play a key role in bringing more effective drugs to the marketplace and offer patients opportunities to participate in clinical trials at 40 clinic locations close to home throughout Florida.
In recent years, the majority of new cancer drugs approved for use in the U.S. were studied in clinical trials with Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute participation, prior to approval. Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute provides patients with the newest cancer therapies, some not yet available elsewhere, through convenient access to clinical trials. More than 85 active clinical trials are underway at any point in time.
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Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute cares for patients with all forms of cancer and blood disorders at nearly 100 locations throughout Florida. The team of more than 250 physicians, 220 advanced practice providers, and nearly 4,000 other team members shares a commitment to providing patients and their families with the care and support they need at every step of their cancer journey.