Re: [MOL] Clinical trials help! [12827] Medicine On Line

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Re: [MOL] Clinical trials help!

Hi Debbie:  I believe to ge into clinical trials it is better if your doctor refers you.  Also you will need to check to see if your insurance will cover clinical trials.  You did not tell us what type of cancer you have, what stage and the perticulars.  The best way to explain it to you is that doctors perform the type treatment that is associated with their hospital.  By giving us some more information we can point you into different directions and different sites to help you acquire the knowledge you need  I will include in this some useful information for you; however we really need more information in regards to your specific condition.  Your friend, Lillian American Association of Health Plans
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Hey guys,
     I am looking for any imfo that anyone may have on clinical trials.  I
would really like  to hear from someone who has participating in one.  I have
stage IV non small cell lung cancer.  I have imfo from NCI an trials that are
now going on, but how do you get in?  Everywhere that we call says well
nothing is proven and you have to go thru conventional treatment first.  Well,
I have been given Zero chance of survival so if I can not get in who does?  I
am only 35 years old and have so much to live for.  I will try anything I just
can not find that ANYTHING!.  Thanks for any information.
        Debbie Martens
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