Theresa Werner, medical director of clinical trials at Huntsman Cancer Institute talks about some other ways clinical trials are used for cancer research and how patients can get involved.">

Jun 12, 2017 — Clinical trials provide benefits to cancer patients beyond testing new drugs. On today's Health Minute, Theresa Werner, medical director of clinical trials at Huntsman Cancer Institute talks about some other ways clinical trials are used for cancer research and how patients can get involved.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: There's a common misperception that clinical trials are just for people who have advanced cancers that aren't responding to treatment. But that's not true. Dr. Theresa Werner is the Medical Director of Clinical Trials at Huntsman Cancer Institute. So who can benefit from a clinical trial?

Dr. Werner: Essentially any patient can benefit from a trial. Trials are important in many diseases, but especially in cancer because it affects so many people. Clinical trials often test new drugs to fight cancer, but we also use trials to help in high-risk families to prevent cancer and also to improve quality of life in cancer patients.

Interviewer: So it's really important that a lot of people are involved. So how can patients get involved?

Dr. Werner: I encourage all patients to ask their physicians about what clinical trials are available. And while they may benefit from the trial, they will also be helping future generations of patients.

Announcer: To find out more about this and other health and wellness topics, visit thescoperadio.com.


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