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The Truth About Clinical Trials

Truth #1:  The discovery of the Cure to Breast Cancer (and the Prevention of Breast Cancer) is directly linked to participation in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials.  The sooner every Breast Cancer Clinical Trial opening is filled, the sooner the cure and prevention will be found and the sooner Breast Cancer will be a thing of the past.


Truth #2:  Every year, thousands of Breast Cancer Clinical Trials openings go unfilled.  The longer those openings are unfilled, the longer we will have to wait for the cure.

Truth #3:  One of the primary reasons why eligible Breast Cancer Warriors ‘opt out’ of Clinical Trial participation is financial. Although there are laws in a number of states that require insurance companies to include Clinical Trials participation in their health care policies, many states do not yet have such laws in place.  As a result, many insured Breast Cancer Warriors are covered by insurance policies that do not pay for the medical care and treatment involved in Clinical Trials.  And, as we know all too well, millions of Americans have no insurance at all.

But even for those who are fortunate enough to have medical insurance that includes Clinical Trials participation, there are ancillary costs that insurance often does not cover.

There are hundreds of hospitals, medical facilities, and cancer centers that conduct Breast Cancer Clinical Trials. Unfortunately, those facilities are rarely located ‘on the street where you live’.  As a result, the vast majority of Breast Cancer Warriors who want to participate in Clinical Trials, must commute (often long distances) to and from a Clinical Trials provider.  With the price of gasoline being as high as it is, the cost of commuting poses a significant financial burden.  And for those who live beyond commuting distance, the only viable option is to take up temporary residence in a hotel or motel near the CT facility for the duration of the Clinical Trial (which can last for several months).  Add to that the cost of such daily expenses as food, cab fare, rental car, laundry, not to mention things like pet boarding or child care, and what you have is an insurmountable financial obstacle that makes participation in Clinical Trials impossible

As overwhelming as the financial barriers can be, they are not the only reason why Breast Cancer Clinical Trials openings go unfilled.

Truth #4:  The other leading reason for not enrolling in a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial is the misguided belief that Clinical Trials participants run the risk of being treated with Placebos in lieu of (in place of) treatments or medications that have been proven to be effective.  This belief, though completely erroneous, has become so prevalent that thousands of eligible Breast Cancer Warriors flatly refuse to participate in Clinical Trials.

The fact is, participants in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials receive the best, most reliable, most effective Breast Cancer drugs, treatments, and therapies modern medicine has to offer

Before any new drug, treatment or therapy is used in a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial it has undergone lengthy, rigorous testing and has been proven to be safe for human consumption.  The health and safety of Breast Cancer Clinical Trials participants is priority number one, and the choice to participate brings with it the guarantee that you will receive the highest quality medical care and treatment medical science has to offer.

The primary Mission of The Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation is to bring about both the cure and the prevention of Breast Cancer in our lifetime by removing the barriers that currently prevent thousands of Breast Cancer Warriors from participating in Clinical Trials – barriers both financial and informational.  

Toward that end, during various BCWF public events throughout the year (including the Breast Cancer Warrior Healing Tree Christmas Holiday event),  the Foundation will make available printed information regarding Breast Cancer Clinical Trials with the goal of increasing public awareness of BC Clinical Trials and making it easier for Breast Cancer Warriors to find Breast Cancer Clinical Trials in their area.

In addition, BreastCancerWarrior.net, the online home of The Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation, will publish reliable, up-to-date Breast Cancer Clinical Trials information.  Links to the nation’s leading Breast Cancer Clinical Trials facilities will be posted, as will information regarding the enactment of new legislation that pertains to medical insurance and coverage for Breast Cancer Clinical Trial participation.  

New Breast Cancer Clinical Trials information is added regularly, so be sure to visit BreastCancerWarrior.net often.  

The following web sites offer information and services to help you find the Breast Cancer Clinical Trial that is best suited to your specific situation.  Before enrolling in any Clinical Trial, be sure to discuss all aspects of the Trial with your health care provider.

NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE: The NCI (The National Cancer Institute) lists more than 8,000 Clinical Trials currently accepting participants.  The NCI’s web site also offers a map that shows which states have laws that require that the medical costs involved in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials be covered.

Trial Check:   Used by the American Cancer Society, Trial Check is a Clinical Trial database of all federally registered Cancer studies and will identify trials that fit your particular needs.  For more information about Trial Check, call: 877/227-8451

ClinicalTrials.gov This registry of federally and privately supported Clinical Trials provides information about the specific purpose of each Clinical Trial, Trial locations, phone numbers and qualification requirements.

Mayo Clinic: Here you will find an extensive list of Breast Cancer Clinical Trials, although the Mayo Clinic often conducts additional Clinical Trials that are not listed.

Dana-Farber Institute: For a comprehensive look at all aspects of Clinical Trials – what they involve; who is eligible; how they work, we recommend that you read the Clinical Trials Booklet compiled by the Dana-Farber Institute. Their booklet can be read online. They also provide an audio/visual presentation about Clinical Trials, which is also available from their web site. http://www.dana-farber.org/res/clinical/trials-info

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Mind Matters

Bernie Siegel, MD., Medical Advisor to the Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation; author of numerous best-selling books including "Love, Medicine & Miracles," world-renown doctor and expert in the field of the mind's ability to inspire healing, answers your questions:


Dear Dr. Siegel  – I have BC…and my oncologist says I need radiation.  I don’t know why, but…there’s a voice in my head telling me not to do it.  Should I listen to the voice?  Is it possible that some inner part of me knows something that the doctor doesn’t know?

– Sterling (SC)


Dear Sterling --  Yes this could be your intuitive wisdom or gut feeling or it could be…


Send your questions to Bernie Siegel, MD

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By:  Bernie Siegel, MD

Unfortunately doctors and health professionals, in general, do not study success. We are far more likely to consider an unexpected recovery to be due to the treatment or a spontaneous remission. However, I have learned from my experience with patients and by asking them, “Why didn’t you die when you were supposed to?” that they always had a story to tell.