Help Us, Help You, Help Others – Importance of Clinical Trials

Behind every medicine and intervention are thousands of patients who have volunteered to participate in clinical trials. These individuals, or as I refer to them “heroes”, have helped the development of many breakthroughs in disease prevention and treatment.

It is also important to recognize that “clinical research” is not always devoted to finding the next “blockbuster” drug. Clinical trials also can contribute to invaluable information about the benefits and safety of existing therapies as well as providing doctors and patients with reliable information for choosing between alternative treatments.

Ultimately, because “every medicine or medical device must be fully vetted through closely-monitored and highly-regulated clinical trials to insure their safety and effectiveness,” patients receiving medical care should be encouraged to participate in clinical trials.

Thank you to those individuals who participate in clinical trials, you are the heroes that are helping to develop the new drugs, devices, biologics, and treatments for the future, and improving the care of all patients.

Each day, a patient explains to me that they would not wish their cancer on their worst enemy. Also, they wish that the treatment options were less complicated. We need your help! Please consider volunteering for a clinical trial or a qualitative survey on your cancer journey.

YOU ARE AN EVERY DAY HERO IN YOUR FIGHT – PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A HERO FOR SOMEONE ELSE!

Holly Boykin, MA CHE
Executive Director
Head and Neck Cancer Alliance


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As a decade-long survivor of stage IV tongue cancer and Founder of WesternOhio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support, Hank refers to head and neck cancer as an “orphan” cancer: “Very little is known about head and neck cancer, and comparatively, it receives less attention than other cancers. HNCA is working to change this.Hank Deneski
Survivor of Stage IV tongue cancer and Founder of WesternOhio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support

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