Via the Meyer Cancer Center.
Recently Fox 5 News interviewed Lymphoma Program director, Dr. John Leonard about patient participation in clinical trials. As the director of the Joint Clinical Trials Office at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Leonard is an expert in all questions relating to clinical trials. In the video Dr. Leonard cautioned that,
“…finding patients for clinical trials is often about numbers not money. Dr. Leonard says his office is trying to get the word out and let more patients know that clinical studies are out there that than can potentially help them.
Dr. Leonard’s office focuses on finding more effective treatments for serious illnesses like cancer and neurological disorders. He says it is a great opportunity for patients to gain access to the newest treatments before they’re available to anyone else.
Dr. Leonard has personally treated patients on clinical trials who have been among the first people to ever get a drug, and also among the first people to be effectively treated, cured, or had a better outcome because they participated in a clinical trial.
Remember, there is a big difference between answering an online ad for a medical study and going to a reputable institution like Weill Cornell Medical College or New York Presbyterian Hospital.
You can see plenty of cautionary tales online from people who signed up for studies online and gave their personal information only to find out that study was a scam designed to get and sell that personal information to marketers.
If you think a clinical trial might work for you, Dr. Leonard suggests contacting your physician.”
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial for patients with lymphoma at Weill Cornell Medical College please click on the link.
Dr. John Leonard can be followed on Twitter @JohnPLeonardMD.
The Lymphoma Program can be followed on Twitter @lymphomaprogram.