"We can beat this disease if more
people participate in cancer research. I credit my own
victory against cancer to the many men, women, and children
who joined a clinical trial and helped move us further
along the road to victory by turning experimental drugs
into effective treatments."
-- Lance Armstrong
Research: Leading The Race Against Cancer
For the millions of people living with cancer, and for those
at high risk of developing cancer, medical research and cancer
trials provide hope and a number of other benefits.
In 1996, when I was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer,
I felt hopeless. I thought cancer was a death sentence. But
that was not the case. I quickly learned from my doctors that
thanks to cancer research, new treatments were available for
my cancer that werent around just 10 years before. Although
I did not participate in a study, I benefited from the hundreds
of patients before me who enrolled in clinical trials to find
a cure for this once-deadly form of cancer.
Today, I am determined to let everyone know that we can beat
this disease if more people participate in cancer research.
Clinical trials are responsible for the steady progress and
breakthroughs that have been made to help cure cancer. From
the scientific point of view, clinical trials are designed
to help find safer, more effective treatments for cancer patients.
From a patient's viewpoint, clinical trials offer quality,
state-of-the-art technology and treatment options.
Unfortunately, many cancer patients dont even know
that clinical studies are an option. Many dont understand
the research and dont have the information necessary
to decide if clinical trials are right for them. Our race
against cancer depends on more people understanding that trials
are safe, accessible and necessary. We must increase participation
in clinical trials
only then can we approach the finish
line in our race for a cancer cure.
Doctors and research scientists are dedicated to developing
new ways of treating cancer. Each day, they strive to uncover
the secrets surrounding the disease. Thousands of people,
both healthy and sick, have contributed to medical research
by entering into clinical trials to test new treatment approaches.
I credit my own victory against cancer to the many men, women,
and children who joined a clinical trial and helped move us
further along the road to victory by turning experimental
drugs into effective treatments. If it had not been for them,
I do not believe I would be alive today. They are the true
But the race is far from over. We have made great progress
in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, but we havent
crossed the finish line yet. Successwinning the race,
finding a curestill lies ahead, inspiring us to push
our limits. But, more people are needed to help us reach that
finish line. If you have cancer, you can learn more about
clinical trials and consider enrolling in one that is right
More Choices, More Hope
Cancer survivors today are living longer and healthier lives,
thanks to advances in research and technology. More than 1.2
million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and,
with modern medicine, todays statistics show that 62
percent will survive more than five years after treatment3.
However, many cancers are still lagging in the race for a
cure, and many people living with cancer are searching for
a better quality of life.
Besides advances made in research and technology, an increase
in our knowledge about cancer has helped us reach many milestones
in the race. This knowledge about the disease, detection
and screening, treatment options, and quality cancer care
gives us hope, particularly when we see that many survival
rates really ARE improving. It also helps us ask the right
questions and know about the different treatment options available.
The Competitive Edge
In any contest, victory is achieved by maintaining a competitive
edge. In the world of cycling, the team studies its route,
reviews its positioning, and maps a strategy. As a cancer
patient actively involved in your care, you can assemble your
team of medical experts to help assess treatment options and
map out the right strategy for you, which may include a clinical
trial. Three major players provide the backbone of the treatment
oncologist, and the
radiation therapy oncologistwith many others in
key supporting roles, including your family physician, oncology
nurses, radiation therapists, nurse practitioners, psychologists,
certified cancer social workers, and technicians who support
the doctors. For more information about your treatment team,
With full knowledge of the course, you are better equipped
to ride a strong race. Medical research is the reason we have
made so many advances in cancer treatment. It represents hope
for the cure. But, here is the reality: Less than five percent
of all cancer patients take part in clinical trials4,
yet there are more than 400 new therapies that need to be
studied.5 Just think of the progress we could make if more
people with cancer enrolled in a clinical trial.