Santa Fe New Mexican
Clinical trials try to answer scientific questions, and prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. They help determine whether new treatments are safe and effective or work better than current treatments. Sometimes they help providers better understand treatment side effects and how to manage them. Talk to your oncology provider if you are interested in learning more about clinical trials. They are an option for all stages of cancer, and many trials are available in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Local and national resources New Mexico Cancer Center lists current clinical trials and frequently asked questions on its website: nmcancercenter.org/clinical-trials/. The University of New Mexico’s Comprehensive Cancer Center’s website has detailed information about clinical trials, including available trials in New Mexico (175 as of January). E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-272-5490 for more information. The American Society of Clinical Oncology has more detailed facts about clinical trials at cancer.net. The National Cancer Institute has general information about clinical trials at: cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/clinical-trials. As an oncologist, my role is not only to educate the patient about the natural history and treatment options for his or her illness, but to care for the whole person. I attempt to do this by listening, empathizing, and providing resources to help make one’s journey the best it can be. Each individual has unique circumstances both in one’s social life as well as one’s diagnosis. I am fortunate to work with a team that is sensitive to patients and has the resources to help address their needs.