Who are the real hero’s in the discoveries of cancer treatment? The brave patients who decide they want to be part of the clinical trials world; that’s who.
It’s hard enough being a part of cancer world, but to add the layer of clinical trials to that existence means earning a real medal of bravery. Some patients sign on for Phase ONE trials. Those are the real risk takers. First line warriors willing to say “Bring it on, no matter what happens.” That’s a patient who is on the first line of a new treatment, willing to give it all.
But all patients who sign up for trials are taking a leap of faith that this latest discovery is the one that will change the course of cancer treatment for so many, maybe this will be THE one that is that cancer silver bullet.
The researchers can’t live without these brave patients and neither can the oncologists. They work as a team. They move the science forward and even with the trial failures, they still move forward, learning from what didn’t work.
I am in awe of you; all of you who don’t hesitate for a second to say “Sign me up.”
It’s a leap of Olympic proportions.