'Man and mouse' not 'man or mouse'? That is the latest thought process to speed up the development of cancer drugs. Apparently there are 850 cancer drugs in the pipeline but not enough patients in clinical trials so there is a backlog. The thought is to use man and mouse simultaneously to speed up the process.
Hmmm.... I'm thinking. Do I want a drug that was 'rushed' through testing? Or do I trust the FDA and other authorities to make sure that drugs are completely safe before they are dispensed? In recent years there have been several drugs, which had successfully tested and received approval and then found to have health risks and were pulled from the market - think of Vioxx for one. New medications are often very strong and can have long term side effects that may not be discovered until they are prescribed for some time. But on the other hand if there are 850 promising medications in the pipeline, something must be done to speed up the process.
I was offered a couple of clinical trials and then was always told I did not fit the protocol. I found that the requirements were often very strict - by necessity to test a drug correctly. I also have been surprised at how few of some of my friends with cancer have been offered clinical trials. I think that it depends on where you go for treatment and if your doctor is involved in any. I am not sure where the gap is but, as the article mentions, the system is broken and needs to be rethought. All I can say 'is hurry up, will you?'
Today is Monday (duh! You knew that!) and I start my new part time job today. But first I am going for a walk with a friend. But before that I have to do my back exercises, my ankle exercises, my arm exercises. I probably should eat breakfast too.