In this issue, our cover story explains the details of joining a clinical trial, whether for first treatment or after you’ve completed it. Four women who chose to participate talk about why they decided to join a trial, the challenges they faced and why in some cases, enrolling in a trial can be comforting. Doctors who run trials discuss the importance of this kind of research and how trials are kept safe for those who join.
In our quality of life feature, read about coping with fear of recurrence and how three different women dealt with the worry and anxiety that sometimes comes with it. Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C, chief of oncology social work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, gives practical advice on managing this side effect.
Read about Marlene Snyder’s experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer after going through treatment for three other cancers in the past in this issue’s “My Story.”