Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Should you be in a clinical trial?

…Clinical trials cannot be explained fully in a blog blurb, but HA refers you to the latest issue of CURE.

…This is an excellent magazine on all types of cancer treatments and research, as well as stories on the human side of cancer, such as what to do when you find out you’re going to live a long life.

…CURE is beautifully written and designed. Subscriptions are free from www.curetoday.org.

…Can’t beat FREE, people.

…Clinical trials of drugs are complicated. There are various ways to design a study. Do you compare drug vs no drug or drug vs another drug?

…Can you justify giving people with a bad disease a sugar pill?

…Should you stop an experiment early and give everyone the drug being tested if it seems to be working wonderfully well.

…Should you try it just on women, just on men (women weren’t even included in trials until 1972). How about children? Should they get experimental drugs?

…Should bad results be published? There are websites now with only bad results.

…Trials can test new treatments or drugs, the usefulness of medicines or supplements in preventing cancer, the best ways to screen for and find cancer, the links to genetic makeup, and ways to offer supportive care.

….The lab or univ doing the study probably won’t foot all costs—your insurance will have to pay some. This has to be worked out in advance.

…Only about 4% of cancer patients get involved in trials.

…For more info, you can go to www.clinicaltrials.gov. Another helpful site to find trials is www.centerwatch.com.

…In the meantime, go sign up for CURE.

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