• The Powers of Clinical Trials

    Cancer

    October 1, 2017

     

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    WHEN BAINBRIDGE resident Don Hromada was given the option of participating in a clinical trial for metastatic lung cancer using immunotherapy treatment, “I told them right off, why not? What do [I] have to lose? I thought the clinical trial was the greatest thing that ever happened to me.”

    Hromada, 75, a longtime smoker until his late 60s, was diagnosed in 2015 and started chemotherapy that summer until it stopped working. He then met the criteria for an immunotherapy clinical trial, which he started in April 2016 and continued through March 2017. “I did it for me and [because] it could help somebody else out that had that type of lung cancer,” he says.

    “Bassett offers a large number of clinical trials to patients. It is surprising to some that they can be part of a study locally that they might not otherwise have had access to,” says Eric Bravin, MD, Bassett oncologist. 

    Hromada has completed treatment, gets regular follow-up care and feels good. He continues to work around his home and spend time with family and a special dog named Sassy.