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You Can Get There From Here

Sometimes, a cancer patient’s best chance is getting into a clinical trial. But finding the right one can be as hard as finding an IV in a haystack

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When Tom Marsilje’s cancer came back stronger in August 2013, he knew he would eventually have to turn to a clinical trial.

These trials, which test the safety and eficacy of experimental treatments compared with the standard of care, are not for every patient, because some types of cancer have good treatment options with strong outcomes. Marsilje’s initial search returned 1,200 results. “With my patient hat on, I had no idea where you’d start. I assure you, there are not 1,200 clinical trials [worth considering],” Marsilje says. “One of the first things I realized was that I was really lucky in my background. I don’t know how anyone without a scientific background would be able to do this. It’s so complicated.”

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CANCER REBELS For this year's Special Health Issue, we've focused on the Cancer Rebels, the women, men and children who ignore the rules and scorn the conventions that surround cancer, and who refuse to succumb to the disease. These are the people who find vitality in taking on cancer from unexpected directions.
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