Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cancer Clinical Trials - A New Resource

On April 26th, I  posted information about a podcast on Clinical Trials.

In response to that post Tomasz Beer, MD (a medical oncologist from Oregon's Health and Science University ) left a comment asking me to take a look at his  book  Cancer Clinical Trials A Comprehensive Guide to Experimental Cancer Therapies and Clinical Trials.

and related blog  to see if I thought it was helpful.

So I spent some time recently reading an excerpt from chapter 2 titled "What are Clinical Trials" and some blog posts . The  book excerpt was excellent and included much of the same information I have provided in my talks on Understanding Cancer Research at the Cancer Support Community. Other topics in the book include how trials are designed, standard versus experimental therapy, types of clinical trials, costs, insurance, oversight of studies, and a section on how to decide if a clinical trial is right for you. There is a even a section in which Dr Beer discusses misconceptions about clinical trials. I'm interested enough in this book that I will purchase a copy.

The blog is a great companion site. The posts are informative and written in a way that the average cancer patient will find easy to understand.  I recommend a read of "Practical Tips on Choosing a Clinical Trial" . There are links on the Home page to Resources,Video, Audio, and my favorite "Clinical Trials in Cartoons" featuring cartoons created by Larry Axmaker . Those cartoons will make you laugh.

This book will become an  invaluable tool for any cancer survivor and their caregivers who want to know more about clinical trials or who might be considering clinical trials. I hope you will take the time to read Dr Beer's blog and you will find a link to his blog on my resource page.

Every Day is a Blessing!

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