Clinical trials offer patients a glimpse of hope for treating diseases. Patient involvement is the foundation for clinical trials and without participants, there is not much room for advancement. Still, patients have concerns about safety, risks and outcomes. In this webcast, we will address the importance of clinical trials and how some patients are receiving tomorrow's medicine today. One patient who can vouch for this is Jan King, who joins this episode of Patient Power to share her story of being diagnosed with breast cancer at 42-years-old. After going through traditional chemotherapy therapy, Jan unfortunately had a recurrence just a few years after treatment. Hear Jan’s story about the many tests she underwent for a clinical trial match for her particular breast cancer and the end results. The program also features Jan's doctor, Dr. Nora Disis. Dr. Disis sheds light on the processes and functions of clinical trials.
Dr. Disis is associate professor of Oncology at the University of Washington Medical Center. She discusses how clinical trials are helping patients, how to initiate discussions about clinical trials with your provider and addresses safety concerns in clinical research. In addition to helping us understand what to expect in the near future, Dr. Disis breaks down the processes of how a clinical trial is formulated - from clinical protocol approval to choosing human subjects. You’ll also hear from several callers with various questions about their involvement in experimental therapies and what various trials have done for them.
This program provides a great deal of information about clinical trials and ways you can control your destiny when standard treatments are no longer beneficial. If you are interested in being part of an experimental study or you know of someone who might be searching for resources, this program can answer many of your most pressing questions.
Nora Disis, M.D.
Professor, Division of Oncology, UW MedicineDr. Nora Disis is Professor in the Division of Oncology at University of Washington. She received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha and went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Disis is board certified in medical oncology. more >
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