This week's Parade Magazine showed up in my Sunday paper as usual. The front page was covered with a picture and headline on a cancer 'miracle cure' for cancer. The article goes on for multiple pages and tells the story of a woman who was close to death when she found a clinical trial that saved her.
She was one of the lucky ones. She found a great clinical trial and it saved her. But the magazine also notes:
"...clinical trials can be risky. According to Center Watch, a research-information firm, about 1 in 30 participants in drug trials suffers a serious side effect and 1 in 10,000 dies."
However you do get free treatment and additional medical supervision.
I cannot overstate the benefits to clinical trials. No one wants me in a clinical trial because I have too many health issues. But I am sure there are many other healthier people out there who could and should participate in clinical trials. So go find one here.