A Bella Tale, My Cancer Story of Hope.

Shortly after my cancer diagnosis, I began to receive good-hearted advice from my family and friends. They all wanted me to join a cancer support group. Why? Because my crew did not think they were able or qualified to support me like other cancer patients could.  After all, how many 32 year-olds do you know with Stage III breast cancer? 

For me, I knew it was critical to stay true to myself and that my strength came from the vibrant, colorful, energetic things and people in my life. So at each chemotherapy session, I would sit with friends, who traveled from as far as Amsterdam, and took time from their busy schedules, to join me at the NYU Cancer Institute for hours of infusion, cupcakes, funny stories, dirty jokes, dirtier magazines, champagne and lots of laughs. We would laugh so hard and so loud that one time I remember saying, “Guys, we have to be a little quieter…there are sick people here.” Honestly, it was only when they stopped laughing and looked at me that I realized that I was one of those sick people. 

 The guilt I felt watching their faces crumble as they hugged me – it was intense and sometimes more than I could handle. And in the sparse, quiet moments I secretly wondered if they all came to say their good-byes. I felt awful watching my friends and family stand witness as I fought the good fight. To me, I was taking them down a dark and irreversible road which would forever mark them and strip them of their innocence. The emotional weight of being a cancer patient can take you in so many directions…fear, sadness, anger, self-pity….mine was mostly guilt and well, maybe, some good ole-fashioned anger, peppered in for good measure.

 So how did I get here? After all, I was young (only 32), fit, strong, newly married, at the height of my career and planning to start a family.  The simple truth is that I took my dog, Bella, for a walk one beautiful summer day and came home with breast cancer. Yes, you read that right.

 I was walking my dog and the next thing I knew, I was flying through the air. Bella gave me one strong, sudden tug on my left arm that surprised me and jerked me forward and off the ground, dislodging an avocado-sized tumor from my armpit in the process. The tumor was a lymph node engorged with metastatic cancer. No lumps or bumps on the breast…only a tiny spec at the very base of the chest wall that silently and aggressively ravaged its way through my body. And that enormous lymph node had been working overtime, doing its damndest trying to prevent the cancer cells from spilling over into other organs. By luck, by miracle, that walk with Bella saved my life because, according to my doctors, we would have not been able to find this in time or in any other way. After all, I was too young to even go for a mammogram.

Being diagnosed with Stage III, Triple Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer, at my age and with no family history, the doctors kept saying it was a “remarkable” case. I’ve never wanted to be more unremarkable in my life. I was thrust into dose-dense chemotherapy a few days after diagnosis and told that the chemo would likely kill my chances of ever having children, could cause other cancers or even heart failure…but I did not have even one day to waste, let alone the two weeks I needed to preserve my fertility.  It was my only fighting chance at survival, or so they said. I was led to believe that there  were no other options for me so late in the game. So I quit my shiny new job, said a prayer that my fertility would remain in tact, and assumed my new role as CEO of Cancer Treatment. 

The ironic thing is…the cancer didn’t hurt. It was the treatments that I suffered from! And it was a grueling experience. Dose-dense chemo is not for the faint of heart. The chemical agents I received, also known as “Red Devil,” were the same used in the mustard gas for extermination in WWII. It can cause cardiotoxicity (heart failure) and should typically be administered once every 3-4 weeks. Mine was administered once every 2 weeks for maximum impact. So, in essence, what my doctors attempted to do was bring me to the brink of death without actually pushing me over that slippery edge. Giving me a little time to recover and then blasting me again. It was all grit and white knuckling mixed in with inappropriate jokes at even more inappropriate moments that carried me through those days.

During the four months of chemo, I also went through genetic testing and found out that I carried the BRCA 1 gene mutation, which all but promised a nearly 90% return of my particular cancer in my lifetime. Doing that genetic test changed the trajectory of my treatment. Very quickly, my medical team switched gears from previously discussing a minor lumpectomy to now recommending a double radical mastectomy where they would actually scrape down to the chest wall. And that is what I did, with great difficulty. Not because of vanity. But because I would forever have these scars, reminders of my fragility. Reminders that if it were not for modern medicine, that I did not qualify for Darwin’s survival of the fittest theory. I thought the scars would make me feel broken, amputated…frankenstein-ish. 

I finished chemotherapy on December 9, 2005 and on January 11, 2006 I closed my eyes and surrendered to the surgeons for the most aggressive mastectomy they had to offer. Six weeks of daily radiation, that tagged my left lung and heart, followed.

To my devastation, I was left in full-blown menopause from the treatment and really twisted up about it. In general, my outlook on my cancer was positive. I understood that although I got hit by the proverbial bus, that all my lucky stars had to align for my dog to find my cancer. I could deal with anything, but infertility? No! I did not sign up for that!  Knowing how much we wanted a child, my oncologist said that he would sign all the adoption papers we needed but that I had to wait at least three years to make sure that cancer did not return. So after much discussion and anguish, we decided that we had no choice other than to wait…but determined that we would become parents one day – regardless of how a child came to us.

Less than two years later and still struggling with infertility, I shockingly discovered that I was spontaneously pregnant…for the first time, and only time, in my life. My stunned and concerned oncologist told us that I was not far enough away from the cancer to even consider this pregnancy. He said that if we wanted to do the right thing for my health, we would terminate.

What? Terminate the pregnancy? Um no, I’m not the one. For me there was only one clear option! There was no way I would ever consider stripping myself of this unbelievable gift, this miracle, this baby that found its way into our life against incomprehensible odds. 

At the baby ultrasound, the technician found the baby’s heartbeat. Her words still dance in my mind, “There’s the heartbeat… and there’s the other one. You have two babies!” Twins! Time stopped and my life changed in an instant. It was the most defining moment of my life. Both girls’ names are inspired by my cancer journey.  They leap from on my tongue as reminders of both hope and gratitude.

And my skeptical oncologist? He said that I was the first patient in his entire career that was able to conceive a child, let alone two, after the kind of treatment I received. He came to my hospital room when the girls were born to hold them and see that life actually exists on the other side of cancer. I’m happy to report that there have been other pregnancies since mine at NYU!  What I’ve come to realize is that no matter how well-meaning they are, doctors simply cannot not know everything and cannot be expected to. 

The scars I thought would haunt me? They turned into the most beautiful reminders of my grit and good fortune. I feel like a Japanese vase that has been cracked but then quickly reassembled. The cracks, painted in gold, are meant to  tell a story of beauty and strength in the broken places. And that’s what I have become – strong in the broken places, in every way!  

I tell my story to say that miracles are possible, that you should trust your instincts, that you should question everything…and that you should never give up on hope or on yourself – ever!  We lost my Bella many years ago but every time I pass the spot where she pulled my arm that day, I look up into the sky to thank HER and the universe of endless possibilities. And when I look into the eyes of my daughters, I think of hope everlasting and the perseverance of the human spirit. Nothing is impossible.

A Bella Tale, My Cancer Story of Hope.2022-06-16T16:16:57+00:00

The Empowered Family: Cari’s Story

“And that’s where the cancer is….”.  These six simple words, said so cavalier, tore my world apart and my life hasn’t been the same since they were uttered two years ago.  It was July 2020 and I was laying in a darkened room while a doctor examined mysterious subcutaneous bumps via ultrasound.  I felt my face flush and my lips and fingers began to tingle.  The doctor went on to show me two large masses and an abnormal lymph node.  I’m not really sure what he said next… my mind was a whirlwind of thoughts, but mostly I thought… why? And better yet, how?? I had had a mammogram and ultrasound six months prior and there was nary a shadow let alone a large 7cm mass yet here I was not even a year later with what everyone was one hundred percent sure it was a malignant tumor.  

I left the imaging place with instructions to return the next day to get a biopsy as soon as possible.  I sat in my car and cried.  I came home and hugged my two little boys who were 8 and 2 at the time and imagined how their lives would turn out if they grew up without a mama. How was it possible just the day before I was worrying about my statistics final??  

The next few weeks would be a whirlwind of appointments and imaging. New faces, needles, and pokes and prodding. I would discover my cancer was invasive ductal carcinoma, HER2+, Estrogen positive.  Unfortunately I would also learn that I not only had affected lymphnodes but two teeny tiny spots of cancer on my liver. I was officially upgraded to a stage 4 patient.  I was devastated to realize I would never be cured. The most I could hope for would be long remission.  

Less than three weeks later I was hooked up and ready for my first infusion, a deadly cocktail of Docetaxol, Carboplatin, herceptin and perjeta. I underwent 16weeks of the poison that was supposed to “fix me.” During this time I continued to work and go to college.  I’d conduct speech therapy sessions from the infusion room. My oncologist managed my side effects well, but nothing could be done about the hair loss. That’s when my sister and my niece decided to take control and shave my head.  

During the workup at one of the many appointments, my surgeon, an amazingly kind and gentle soul, Dr. Rebecca Viscusi offered genetic testing since I was so young and otherwise in fantastic health.  I agreed to do the genetic panel not expecting much of anything to come back but wanting to know if maybe getting cancer wasn’t my fault.  My genetic results came back as having a germline mutation in the P53 gene, a condition referred to as Li Fraumeni Syndrome.  This gene is a tumor suppressor and ensures your body does not allow unhealthy cells to complete the mitotic cycle.  In my case, my P53 genes don’t work right so my  body allows damaged cells to reproduce.  Women with P53 mutations have a 99% chance of developing cancer in their lifetime because of the already elevated risk of developing breast cancer.  

So there I was… full of disease and also defective in some way.  My first instinct was to check my kids.  My geneticist, Rachel Adger, worked with my childrens’ pediatrician to get them tested.  It was a 50/50 chance either way for both of them.  Unfortunately my youngest son, who was 3 by this time, inherited the genetic mutation from me, but that is another story.

During my first PET scan, my medical oncologist, Dr. Aisha Ahmed, noticed a spot in my brain she was certain was not a metastasis of the breast cancer, but wasn’t sure what it was in general.  Now that we knew I had LFS, any abnormality had to be taken seriously and she referred me to a neurosurgeon.  Right away I clashed with the doctor and his staff.  I will not mention his name, but I was not well taken care of, I was not treated with respect, and I was not taken seriously.  It was at this point I decided to request a referral to Mayo Clinic and get a second opinion.  I had the pleasure of working with an amazing surgeon by the name of Bernard Bendok.  After numerous MRIs, a functional MRI, and a perfusion MRI we still weren’t sure what the mass was. It had not changed, but again, being the genetic anomaly I am, Dr. Bendok and I erred on the side of caution and decided to remove it and have it biopsied.  

The pathology came back as a grade 3 astrocytoma that would require chemotherapy (a shortened and lower dose because I’m already at risk for leukemia) and proton therapy (not radiation because radiation is dangerous for people like me!) my insurance did not want to pay for.  I did the proton therapy at Mayo Clinic with Dr. Terence Sio and his amazing team. The social workers and techs became not just part of my care team, but also friends.  We listened to music together, we talked about our kids, and on my last day of treatment, we celebrated together.  After the proton therapy I underwent 6 months of oral chemotherapy and as of March 2022 I am officially on maintenance therapy and surveillance.  

During this entire time I have managed to continue working mostly full time, take care of my kids, graduate from college and get accepted into a master’s program. I wouldn’t say I’ve quite adapted to life as a chronic cancer patient but I have definitely accepted it.  My infusion nurses are some of the best friends I have.  As a “lifer” patient, we’ve gotten to know each other and by association, each other’s families.  I have met amazing people during this experience: social workers, advocates, patients, doctors.  Sometimes I still get a little discouraged or bummed out, knowing I will never put this behind me. Knowing that every single thing in my life has to revolve around a treatment regimen. Knowing that I will never sign the wall or ring the bell signaling the last chemotherapy treatment.  But I have also realized the physical weight of this is heavy enough, I don’t need to add any mental weight to it.  

I have also learned that it is so beyond important to not only trust who is in your corner or on your care team, but make sure they can and will advocate for you as needed.  If you don’t have a doctor willing to do that, it’s a giant red flag.  If that first neurosurgeon was the be-all end all opinion, I’d be dead right now.  That leads me to the second thing I’ve learned:

I have learned that you must also advocate for yourself.  Information is readily available to us by a simple click of the button.  Be informed and be knowledgeable.  You are the only one that has to live with the decisions made about your treatment. 

I could give you a lot of crap about how I learned to appreciate the little things, and to cherish the “small moments” but let’s be real: that lasted about a month.  That in itself was refreshing..it reminded me that no matter what my diagnosis was, I was still me.

I get nervous and unbearable anxiety when I have imaging or blood draws. The slightest jump in numbers sends me into a tailspin, and it will most likely be that way forever.  I’m not saying that to make you feel bad, but to remind you that it’s ok to be scared but it’s not ok to let it consume you.  

The Empowered Family: Cari’s Story2022-05-23T15:06:27+00:00

When the Doctor Becomes the Patient

How Cancer Changed the Way One Doctor 

Practices Medicine 

Trialjectory had the privilege of speaking with Dr. David Jones* about how his experience as a cancer patient changed the way he practices medicine. 

 

Trialjectory:  Thank you for agreeing to share your story.  Can we start by having you share a little bit about your background? 

 

Dr. D:  I am from a lower middle class family from a mill town in the North East. I attended public schools and was the first in my family to attend college. I have always enjoyed science and decided at a fairly young age to try and become a doctor. My late wife was instrumental in my finishing school. If it was not for her great help and support I probably would not be where I am today.

 

Trialjectory:  Sounds like you’ve always been passionate about becoming a doctor. What have you learned from your patient interactions over the years?

 

Dr. D. I am a general practitioner, and I have enjoyed many years of taking care of my patients. I consider this one of the highest forms of service that a person can achieve in their career. In my practice I care for and treat many different kinds of human ailments both physical and mental. This requires a great deal of expertise and experience in order to help with your handling of the patient’s physical and mental welfare. As a physician goes through his or her practice, they gain experience and wisdom that enables them to better serve their patients.      

“I was no longer a practitioner of medicine, but one who was relying upon a fellow physician to guide me through my treatment and hopefully recovery.”

I found that in the beginning of my career I had a lot of knowledge but little insight into the patient.  

At that time I was focused on treating  the disease and not necessarily the patient. As I gained experience, my ability to relate to  my patients increased beyond my knowledge of medical facts and treatments. The greatest influencer of this knowledge was when I became a patient, a patient who was diagnosed with cancer. 

 

Trialjectory:  Receiving a cancer diagnosis, quickly changed your role from doctor to patient. What was that like and what did you take away from the experience? 

 

D.D.: The tables turned quickly when I received my cancer diagnosis. I was no longer a practitioner of medicine , but one who was relying upon a fellow physician to guide me through my treatment and hopefully recovery. This experience has given me the greatest opportunity to improve my abilities as a physician. Being on the receiving end of medical assistance is so very much different that anything I had done before in my practice. It opened up for me a whole new outlook on how I would take care of my patients in the future. It also made me aware of the conversations that I had with patients. Listening to what they are saying was now extremely important. 

 

I realized that I was listening, but not understanding what was truly occurring in the patient’s life. Now I have a deeper understanding of how important it is to truly listen and understand all the questions and concerns that my patients are expressing to their physician.

 

Trialjectory:  How did your knowledge as a physician impact the way you communicated with your clinical team of caregivers? 

 

Dr. D:  It’s a unique and unusual experience to have a disease that you are very familiar with. It’s scary to know what is occurring in your body, placing 

your care in the hands of another is very difficult and was a new learning experience for me. I  found myself asking simple questions to my physician, exactly as my patients would ask me! I found this enlightening and also important to my future as a practitioner. I wanted my physician to be a good listener and to truly understand what my concerns were. She was excellent! She was not distracted by office duties while I was in the office. She was answering my questions and not becoming distracted by some of my more sophomoric inquiries. She took all my questions with a great deal of understanding and empathy. I learned a great deal about myself and a great deal of how I was going to handle my patients in the future, not only those patients with diseases such as cancer, but also mundane medical problems as well.     

My role as patient was interesting , too say the least. I was also scary.  Yet my colleagues were always supportive of my questions and concerns. Thanks to their level of  compassion I learned a great lesson in my future as a physician. 

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing so acquire a great deal of knowledge to be able to assist both [you and your doctor] in your future treatment and recovery.”

I would have preferred not getting  diagnosed with cancer, but the bright side is I gained an understanding of medicine that I otherwise would never have been exposed to. 

 

Trialjectory:  Your journey is very unique. If you could give a cancer patient any advice, what would it be – and is coming from you as a doctor or patient? 

 

Dr. D:  To be honest, as a patient, I would tell another cancer patient to try not to become so involved with your disease that you lose track of your goal of beating this disease. I would also recommend that as a patient, tell your physician your understanding of the treatment, just do not accept something you don’t understand. Your physician wants you to be well and the more information he or she can give you helps the two of you in your recovery. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing so acquire a great deal of knowledge to be able to assist both of you in your future treatment and recovery.

 

From a physicians point of view, treat the patient first, he or she should be the center of your focus. The disease is important but the patient is always your main focus of concern. I always try to be positive, for I truly believe that the body follows the mind. Keep your patient informed and encouraged.

 

Trialjectory: Thinking back, were there any inspirational quotes or experiences that have stuck with you? 

 

Dr. D: I don’t have any particular inspirational sayings that I live my life by. I believe that rather than sayings, I relied on my life experiences to guide my way through my practice of medicine . So many statements that I have heard from my patients are so profound and have influenced my care for these patients. I have found that the truest statements of life come from those that are close to the end of life. I try to live my life and practice being guided by these thoughts.

When the Doctor Becomes the Patient2021-09-26T07:11:01+00:00

How to Choose The Right Cancer Treatment For You

The latest research shows that cancer patients who are empowered to make decisions about their health have significantly better outcomes – this is what we want for you!

The first step is to own your cancer journey

We have created a toolkit that will help you in your cancer journey, step by step. It includes questions to ask your doctor, pointers for information gathering, as well as direction on how to decide on the next steps. And no matter what stage you are of the disease or in the process, there’s always hope, time and room to explore more options – and we can help you find those, do not hesitate to contact us!

How to Choose The Right Cancer Treatment For You

Once diagnosed with cancer you face many emotions, questions, and fears. Today’s world offers many more options to fight cancer than what it used to, and you should consider all options before starting treatment. Fighting cancer and trying to find, understand and choose THE RIGHT treatment is not easy and we can help you navigate and own your path to recovery.

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How to Choose The Right Cancer Treatment For You2020-07-12T14:07:17+00:00

Being thankful

The holiday season reminds me of the numerous times I was told to look at my cancer as a gift.
While I understand the meaning and well-intention behind the words, 
this is truly not only a gift I could have done without, 

it is also not a gift I would wish for anyone else to receive. 

Being afraid for my life, 
dealing with treatment and its side effects, 
and trying to balance treatments with taking care of my three girls – none of it was or felt like ‘a gift’. 
Finding my inner strength to fight cancer, taking responsibility for my treatment options and choices, and specifically taking the road less taken by choosing clinical trials – specifically a clinical trial that ended up saving my life – that’s (!) what I’m thankful for.
Tzvia Bader
CEO & Co- Founder
TrialJectory.com
Being thankful2020-07-12T14:09:21+00:00

TrialJectory Raises $3 Million in Seed Financing Round

New York, N.Y. December 17, 2019 TrialJectory, an AI-powered technology platform that uses self-reported clinical data to match cancer patients with clinical trials and remove barriers to advanced treatment options, announced today that the Company has closed a $2.7 million seed financing round, led by Contour Venture Partners. Proceeds from the financing will expedite the growth of TrialJectory’s platform, which includes adding more clinical trials for different cancer types and expanding the Company’s outreach across the medical, pharmaceutical and patient communities. To date, TrialJectory has matched thousands of patients for clinical trial enrollment and continues to add new studies to the platform each week.

 

“As cancer is the second leading cause of death for Americans – with thousands of new cases diagnosed each year – having access to advanced treatment options is a necessity, not a privilege, as new trials provide better outcomes to patients,” said Tzvia Bader, TrialJectory CEO and co-founder. “What’s more, one of the top obstacles that oncologists face today is the lack of clinical trial access for patients, which is due to the availability of more treatment options overall. Additionally, it is a very complex process to match the right patient with the right treatment, especially with the rise of personalized medicine.”

 

“Not only is TrialJectory’s platform expanding access to new treatments for patients, but it’s also revolutionizing the trial recruitment process as a whole by reducing operational costs and enabling new drugs to hit the market sooner,” added Bader. “The bottom line is that patients have the right to take action and find the best treatment for them. Leveraging AI is the key to making this happen and, ultimately, to saving lives.”

 

TrialJectory currently supports trials for breast cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, melanoma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS; often called preleukemia). The engine works through mimicking the mind of an oncologist, reading all unstructured treatment descriptions and extracting the data that’s relevant to the patient. TrialJectory clusters, classifies and standardizes this information, creating a unique database that highlights patient attributes attractive to clinical trials. Patients are then matched to clinical trials through self-reported, dynamic questionnaire answers and can filter the trials and share the information with their oncologists to move forward in the process if appropriate.

 

“TrialJectory’s work – driven by a highly experienced management team, comprised of both oncology and technology experts – is disrupting and reshaping how we think about traditional cancer care today,” concluded Bob Greene, lead investor. “Even more important, it is empowering patients to take back control of their treatment, and we look forward to watching TrialJectory’s platform continue to grow quickly. We believe that the Company has the potential to become a go-to resource for the global medical community to help doctors provide personalized, matched treatment options to patients in need everywhere.”

TrialJectory Raises $3 Million in Seed Financing Round2020-07-12T14:10:29+00:00

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Guide

Over the recent past, medical advancements, even in terms of research and analysis, have grown sporadically. These advancements have birthed some practical practices, one of them being clinical trials for breast cancer. You may be wondering what these trials mean and what they encompass. Even with a slight understanding, I can assure you that many are the benefits that come along with this practice. A breast cancer clinical trial evaluates the safety and effectiveness of new approaches and or treatments for diseases,  In other words, these trials are used when considering whether a new type of treatment or medication is effective enough in combating breast cancer. Clinical trial goals are to find out whether a new treatment is more effective than the previous ones. So, you should understand that clinical trials are tests of what has never been used before in treating breast cancer.  

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Trends

Recently, breast cancer clinical trials are being used vastly in helping researchers and doctors to come up with the most powerful form of treating this illness. You, however, do not need to worry about whether the clinical trials are legitimate. In fact, this medical practice has been identified and recognized even by government entities. Therefore, you do not have to doubt the acceptability of clinical trials if you wish to participate in one. The main agendas of these trails may vary. In some instances, they seek to evaluate ways of reducing the spreading of breast cancer or its severity. In other cases, it aims to identify the usefulness of non-drug treatment even on factors like dieting and complementary therapies. As noted earlier, breast clinical trials have already been recognized even on global levels. For example, the National Cancer Institute has a fully developed website where you can access numerous approved breast cancer trials.

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Benefits

The good thing about the enhanced breast cancer trials is that once you participate, you can receive the standard of care of the most effective treatment currently available. In some cases, the breast cancer trials help to establish a promising treatment that, if practical, the participants become the first beneficiaries.  People ask themselves questions like, Are the trials safe? Are there any side effects? Well, you should note that before a clinical trial is ready for the test, it must be judged safe and ethical by relevant medical bodies. If at all anything goes wrong, an ethical committee approves compensation. Another added benefit of participating in a trial is that you get to have an opportunity to help others and even make breast cancer treatment better. One of the most notable advantages is that as a breast cancer patient, you gain the privilege of having regular medical checkups. In this case, doctors carry out extra tests to ensure that everything is stable concerning your health. This merit helps to eliminate additional costs, especially if you had to visit a clinic for checkups. Note that, it is under this test that if anything uncommon is noted, immediate treatment measures are taken. The constant monitoring comes along with additional tips on how to exercise, what to eat, and any medical advice that relates to breast cancer. Therefore, it is very safe if you decide to take a breast cancer clinical test. 

Search for Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

Since clinical trials are widely recognized, they can take place anywhere in the country, including other parts of the world. In most cases, you are likely to find them in medical facilities and hospitals, while durations may vary. In other instances, agencies like the National Cancer Institute establishes numerous sites across the country and gives specific dates. During this kind of breast cancer clinical trial, you can expect a bigger number of individuals. However, note that a clinical trial must have an eligibility criterion or rather some guidelines of who should participate. 

Finding Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

If you would like to find clinical trials for breast cancer,  you can conduct relevant research by searching the internet. One of the most resourceful websites for finding breast cancer clinical trials is with Trialjectory. We are an AI-based marketplace that helps cancer patients and their oncologists match their clinical profile with clinical trials. TrialJectorys first provides you with a list of trials that are right for you based on your past and current medical history. Next, you review and share these options (if you would like) with your doctors. From there, you decide which one trial you would like to apply to. We then will connect you to a trial site and help facilitate all communications in order to ensure you get access to the best treatment. 

Trialjectory makes the process of finding a clinical trial simple, as we search for clinical trials for you and match them with your individual disease profile. Once you have been matched, we will help you apply to a trial, and get started. If you need assistance in learning more about the clinical trial process or have any questions, please email our clinical team at:  clinicalteam@trialjectory.com.

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Guide2020-10-02T16:20:43+00:00

Participate in a Clinical Trial: A Guide for Patients

Participate in a Clinical Trial

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are designed to find new or better ways to treat, prevent or screen for a medical condition.  These trials involve human participants to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new approaches/ treatments for diseases, including cancer
In clinical trials, patients receive specific interventions according to a research plan, such as new drugs or devices, procedures, and even changes to patients’ behavior (diet). Researchers are always exploring different combinations of therapies, whether it be introducing a new drug or using a standard (approved) treatment in a new way to find the best and most effective approach to treating patients.

Should I participate in a clinical trial?

There are many different reasons why people decide to participate in clinical trials. In the past, it was mainly due to standard treatments not being as effective as they should be, or the side effects were too severe.  But today, due to the innovations in research and the effectiveness of new drugs with fewer side effects the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has updated their guidelines, where clinical trials are recommended as the best management for cancer patients.
Participating in clinical trials can present both benefits and risks, and it is important to stay informed, and to speak with your loved ones and doctors to decide if a clinical trial is right for you. 

5 benefits of participating in a clinical trial: 

  1. You will get access to the newest treatments
    You might receive access to the latest treatment options before they become available.
  2. You are carefully monitored by health care professionals
    You are carefully monitored by a medical team, every step of the way
  3. You play an important role in your healthcare
    You are taking an active role in your health
  4. You become a part of the future of medicine
    You are participating in research that could bring medical advances to cancer treatment
  5. You can receive free or low-cost treatment
    Clinical trials often (not always) cover costs related to research treatments

What are the eligibility criteria for trials?

In order to be able to join a clinical trial, a patient must meet a list of requirements (trial eligibility criteria), which include, among others: 

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Overall health
  • Treatment history 
  • Disease stage

Why is eligibility criteria important?

Eligibility criteria for trials are used to help identify patients with a specific disease profile that is intended for the investigated treatment in the trial. This is used by researchers to ensure patients do not have any outstanding conditions that may impact the trial results.

How do I find cancer clinical trials?

Finding clinical trials can be a long process, where less than 5% of cancer patients are enrolled in trials. This could be due to the lack of suitable patient-friendly tools that help identify trials that match current medical conditions. 

How can TrialJectory help?

We collect your disease profile and match it to trial eligibility criteria. We do the hard work for you, as we know how difficult it is to browse through those complicated medical terms and find the right match for you.
First, we provide you with a list of trials that are right for you. The next step is for you to review and share these options (if you would like)  with your doctors. From there, you decide which one you would like to apply to. We will then connect you to a trial site and help facilitate all communications in order to ensure you get access to the best treatment. 

I want to enroll in a trial, what do I do?

You have come to the right place, we are here to help. Our job is to make the process of finding a clinical trial simple, as we search clinical trials for you and match them with your individual disease profile. If you would like to get started, click here. Once you have been matched, we will help you apply to the trial, and get started. 

Who can I contact?

If you need assistance in learning more about the clinical trial process or have any questions, please contact our clinical team. You can click the Need Help button on the bottom right corner on our website or send us an email. We are here for you. 

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Battling cancer through clinical trials

What’s New in Clinical Trials for Cancer Patients?

Clinical trials are a safe way to gain access to patient care alternatives that are being evaluated by top companies and health care organizations – they offer novel and potentially life-saving treatments to participants before those treatments become available on the open market. Understanding clinical trials is key to participating and possibly benefitting from these groundbreaking treatments.

So, what’s different these days?

Virtually everything is new in clinical trials: the drugs, science, innovation, and devices used in clinical trials are state-of-the-art. More importantly – a lot of the thinking around clinical trials has gone through a massive evolution , as well – you can now participate in trials earlier in your course of treatment than when was previously possible, which means that you can act more quickly to significantly improve your health. The control of which trials to use, and when, is now shifting toward the patient. It’s now up to you, or you, together with your doctor, to examine your options and decide when to take advantage of which trial, and you don’t have to wait as long as you used to. Clinical trials are not just a last resort!

Will I get better?

When it comes down to it, drugs in clinical trials are the most innovative and advanced drugs out there. The goal is to make you healthier. Current research points to excellent outcomes for clinical trial patients, surpassing the standard of care in many cases. That’s why doctors and patients today are encouraged to look at clinical trial opportunities at every step of the patient journey, starting immediately after diagnosis.

What about a placebo?

Placebo is rarely used on its own in oncology trials, and in the vast majority of cases, is used in addition to the standard of care. It is extremely rare for a patient in a clinical trial to receive placebo by itself.

Advanced Care

Quite simply, you get more TLC as a clinical trial patient – pharmaceutical companies and trial sponsors provide you, as a clinical trial participant, with the closest follow-up, monitoring, and supportive care, to ensure accurate assessment of treatment. This means you get the highest level of care available.

What’s the advantage of using TrialJectory?

We promise to make finding a clinical trial that suits you easier, not harder.

We understand what it means and feels like to be a cancer patient, and our goal is to help you get better – it’s as simple as that. We handle patient data with the utmost care and compliance and we are constantly improving our advanced algorithmic matching system to serve both patients and the innovative companies that aim to help them.

We have a database of more than 18,000 recruiting clinical trials. We use precise patient profile information you provide so that we can give you a personalized list of trials that match your profile. You’ll see options right away. With TrialJectory, you’ll find your match in about five minutes and get on your way to wellness.

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