Take an hour to learn about clinical trials and join the Clinical Trials Awareness Week Twitter Chat coordinated by Coalition for Clinical Trials Awareness (CCTA)
Thursday, May 7, 2015
2 - 3 p.m. EST
Use Hashtag: #CTAW
A proud member of CCTA, LRI supports initiatives to educate the American public about the importance of taking part in lupus clinical trials.
Meanwhile, here’s what two people have to say about taking part in a clinical trial:
“I’m living proof that, thanks to medicine and hope, we can live with disease.”
When Harold Baquet was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, he was given three to six months to live after a sigmoidectomy. Then, the cancer had metastasized to his liver.
Scared and unsure of his options, he recalls the inspiring words of his local oncologist: “Lots of people live with cancer treatment every day.” That was six and half years ago.
After completing all FDA approved chemotherapy options, Harold enrolled in a clinical trial and would go on to participate in two more. Recently, he learned these treatments bridged the gap to allow him to receive another surgical procedure to treat his cancer. “I am grateful to my treatment team, and for their willingness to take bold steps. There is no doubt that their commitment to science, including these clinical trials, has extended my life and will do so again.”
“Participating in a clinical trial was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Jeri Burtchell was diagnosed with an aggressive case of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 1999. After eight years of near constant relapses accompanied by pain so unbearable she could hardly move, she joined a clinical trial. She credits the trial with restoring her health and quality of life. Now an ardent advocate for clinical trial participation, Jeri serves as
Director of Patient Initiatives for HealthiVibe, LLC. “I went from relapsing every three to four months and being miserable all the time to not having another relapse for over six years. When I finally did have one, it was so mild I had to have a doctor verify it. The clinical trial changed my life.