The latest and most sophisticated forms of cancer treatment are offered to qualifying patients who participate in clinical trials, or studies designed to test the effectiveness of promising new therapies.
A case in point is Linda Craig, who agreed to enter a clinical trial at the OSUCCC – James after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I felt a strong need to do this because I have two grown daughters, and if I could save them from going through what I had to go through, then I wanted to do that," Craig said, noting that she put a lot of thought into her decision and realized that new treatments will come about only through research-based clinical studies.
"There's no way we'll ever find out about new treatments unless people step to the plate and say, 'Yes, I am going to do this,' " Craig explained. "Because I chose to take part in a clinical trial at the OSUCCC – James, I truly believe I received the best treatment there is to have."