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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.

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Andrew Schorr:

We're live on KVI. This is Andrew Schorr. If you have a serious health concern how can you have the chance of getting tomorrow's medicines today? Find out next live on KVI Talk Radio 570.

Andrew Schorr:

Good morning, Western Washington, and wherever you may be with us on the internet. I'm Andrew Schorr here every Sunday for you live on KVI talking about medical topics. Thank you for joining us once again. Well, today I'm actually in Southern California. I'm happy to say sunny Southern California, and it wasn't that I needed to escape the gloom or the rain. It was my nephew's bar mitzvah. Big deal. So we were up way too late last night. So I'm broadcasting here but wanted to be with you live on an important topic, and that is if you have an ongoing health concern is there a way with all the research that's going on and we'll talk in a minute about how really a capital for research is Seattle and that we in Western Washington have access to some of the latest research studies how that can be a benefit to you and maybe give you the opportunity for tomorrow's medicine today.

Now, couple quick stories. One is if you've listened for a long time, I've been on KVI almost a year now, you know that I am almost a ten-year leukemia survivor. And when I was diagnosed, like anyone who is diagnosed with a serious concern, I was just terrified. Then the question was, well, what do you do about the illness. And there were standard therapies, ones that they had been doing for years, but also as I inquired I found out that they were trying new things. And in my particular case the idea was because the leukemia that I had was not very aggressive was that I could actually live with it for a while and see if newer research studies would be developing and that I would be a candidate for that. Those are called clinical trials. That's what happened.

It was actually four years, keeping in touch with the world-famous doctors who specialize in that research who said, Okay, Andrew, your disease has progressed, now it's time. Let's consider a clinical trial. And I signed up. That was almost five years ago. It worked for me. Gave me the therapy that now most people get for my form of leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and, knock on wood, as I always say, and I'll knock on wood on the counter here, right now with the most sensitive measurement they can't find the cancer. So for me that gave me the combination therapy that most people get now for that illness, but I got it years ago. So that's a benefit of being in a clinical trial.

Now, it doesn't always work that way, but I want to introduce you to one of my guests today, Jan King. Jan is calling in from El Segundo, California. And Jan, you are in a clinical trial right now for breast cancer. Are you pretty hopeful that that may be a way to help you avoid a recurrence of breast cancer?

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