Director's message: Patient volunteers make cancer research possible

Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2019


Read about patients who volunteer for clinical trials to help find better ways to control cancer.

Robert B. Diasio, M.D.

Robert B. Diasio, M.D.

Welcome to the December issue of Forefront. It has been another busy and rewarding year at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center as we work to improve the lives of patients facing cancer.

Clinical trials are a significant part of that work — they offer new options for patients from around the world seeking access to experimental procedures and drugs in all phases of development. When patients volunteer to participate in clinical trials, they help us find new and better ways to control and treat cancer.

Here are a few examples of these courageous people.

Linda Kent has been living with multiple myeloma for seven years. Today, Linda is more hopeful than ever as she begins new treatment at Mayo Clinic as part of a clinical trial for a novel immunotherapy regimen for multiple myeloma. Read Linda's story.

Diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer called triple-negative breast cancer, Elena Blevins worked with providers at Phoenix Indian Medical Center and Mayo Clinic through a collaboration that provides patients with comprehensive cancer care, including access to clinical trials, such as the Breast Cancer Genome Guided Therapy Study (BEAUTY). Read Elena's story.

Laughing often, listening to his physicians at Mayo Clinic and receiving monthly chemotherapy through a clinical trial helped Clyde Erickson thrive while dealing with acute myelogenous leukemia. Read Clyde's story.

For information about participating in cancer clinical trials at Mayo Clinic, contact:

  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • Clinical Trials Referral Office
  • 855-776-0015 (toll-free)

Thank you for subscribing to Forefront, and happy holidays from all of us at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. May you enjoy a happy, healthy 2020.

  • Robert B. Diasio, M.D.
  • Director, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor