Clinical Trials, “Maybe”
A recent Survey Says ~ Wednesday question, Clinical Trials…Sign Me Up! revealed many take the approach of “Maybe.” Rightfully so! I’ve always been intrigued with the never-ending quest for researchers exploring new medical treatments, devices and alternative options for patients with varying diagnoses and symptoms. Their efforts provide hope and possibly cures for many.
So why participate? For many, their own personal health issues. Gaining access to a new drug, treatment or tools that might help their condition now, not after FDA approval. Family and friends often feel the need to help loved ones any way they can. Others have a genuine sense of good will to help medical research. Good people still exsist!
While considering a clinical trials, make sure you have your personal goals in mind and don’t deviate from them. Bottom line, you want to improve your current medical status. Doctors will provide you with an informed consent (outlining details about the trail). Take your time and carefully review this consent. They typically contain the best and worse case scenarios that could occur during trials. Make a list of questions you have to ask your doctor to clarify your concerns. There is no hurry to decide! You’re doing your homework and being a great advocate for yourself. Remember, “New” doesn’t always mean “Better.” The unknowns associated with any new treatment may or may not be in your best interest.
As we know, the internet provides a vast amount of information right at our fingertips. I often find myself researching for hours. Always been that way. I recall our son (who knew my routine) sharing, “You have issues Mom!” I smiled and responded, “Yes indeed!” Make sure you read known, reliable sites. Not sure? Ask questions. No doubt, you’ll be pointed in the right direction!
One site I spend a great deal of time is http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Wow! Jammed with so much information. Some I can’t even begin to understand, but I try to figure it out! Yup, “I have issues!” 🙂 Clinical Trials is an easy site to navigate. You quickly see Search for Studies (left corner) and type in your area of interest. For me, Multiple Sclerosis. You’ll find current trials, status information (including recruitment) and details from concluded studies. Let the education begin!
An area I find exciting is their Trends, Charts, and Maps (right corner). So worth the click. Did you know, Clinical Trials currently lists 193,853 studies with locations in 50 States and in 190 countries? Talk about hope! Researchers are hard at work with a packed pipeline. Advancements in many areas waiting to be discovered.
“Count Your Blessings”