Survivor Story: Clinical Trial Participant - Howard Young
I have been blessed to still be alive. ï¿½I was first diagnosed with pancreas cancer on December 19, 2002 at the age of 42. ï¿½I had a recurrence in my left lung on July 14, 2008. ï¿½I originally benefitted from the Whipple procedure and a combination chemotherapy treatment. ï¿½After my recurrence, I took advantage of a Phase I clinical trial testing a combination of two chemotherapy drugs to combat my stage IV pancreas cancer. ï¿½This treatment worked for me as it eliminated all of the remaining cancer nodules in my lung. ï¿½This trial now represents one of the greatest advances made against this terrible disease.
Through this clinical trial, I benefited from the innovative approach of a high volume pancreatic cancer institution, based in Phoenix, Arizona, that focuses on translational research. ï¿½One of the oncologists specializing in pancreatic cancer at this institution is the leader who helped make this trial happen. ï¿½The concept of personalized medicine that is being used at this institution and others is revolutionizing the treatment of all cancers. ï¿½I encourage my fellow patients to participate in clinical trials. ï¿½Clinical trials have saved my life and they might save yours. ï¿½Thanks to my Lord God, wife Becky, my family, and friends for their support during this experience.
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