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Local cancer trials helping future patients

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There aren't many of us who haven't been affected by cancer. One of the ways researchers help fight back against the disease is through clinical trials. The American Cancer Society has teamed up with a number of local health care providers for Cancer Clinical Trial Awareness Week. Right now there are nearly 80 cancer clinical trials here in the Toledo area and what they learn from those trials will help shape the future of treatment for people fighting the disease.

Deb Boyce was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, "Even though I had seen a lot of friends and family go through cancer over the years and I thought I knew what I would or would not do, when I got the diagnosis my whole world turned upside down. I knew I wanted to be part of a clinical trial, I wanted to make my experience count."
She is now taking part in her fifth trial, "I think the most important message to get out there during Cancer Clinical Trial Awareness Week is that the trials are a treatment of first choice, not a last resort."

The trials often help researchers find better ways to help prevent, diagnose or treat diseases. Dr. Muhammad Haneed is an Assistant Professor at The University of Toledo Medical Center,"Almost all of the treatments we use now as the standard of care have been developed through multiple clinical trials."

The trials each have specific requirements for participants. Pam Shoup heads up the Toledo Community Oncology Program. The program is affiliated with 19 medical sites and now has 78 different trials open locally, "If you find yourself or a loved one faced with a cancer diagnosis talk to your primary care doctor or your surgeon to see if a clinical trial is available. Quality and quantity of life can be greatly improved with clinical trials." That's what motivates Deb Boyce, "I thank all the clinical trial participants who went before me. Because of them I have access to the gold standard of care today. I hope that what I do will help the next generation of cancer patients as well."

To learn more about the local trials, click here.
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