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Robin Roberts Returns to GMA, Talks About Clinical Trials

By February 20, 2013

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Many of us are fans of Good Morning America's Robin Roberts who, years after successfully overcoming her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, found herself struggling with fatigue - unusual for this very athletic and energetic morning TV host.

She was eventually diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Then in Fall 2012 underwent a bone marrow transplant followed by chemo. Her sister donated the bone marrow, which was expected to help Robin rebuild the immunity she needed to fend off further disease.

Today Robin returned to GMA looking healthy and happy. She discussed her diagnosis and treatment along side her doctors. Near the end of the conversation, she thanked those who participate in clinical trials.

While it was unclear as to whether she, herself, had been a participant, Robin and her doctors pointed out that it is clinical trials that provide the treatment knowledge needed for future patients and their successful treatment.

It was a great point to make. Clinical trials are truly a way to help future patients - a way of improving your own thought process about the treatment you are undertaking. You can't know ahead of time whether or not the trial treatment will benefit you - it's an experiment. However, by knowing that you are benefiting society and patients who are diagnosed with your same illness in the future, sometimes it's easier to undertake a difficult treatment regimen yourself.

But entering a clinical trial is not a simple decision. There are many considerations ranging from location and transportation, to cost and potential outcomes. Here is information for you to use if you are considering participation in a clinical trial:

Understand the Basics of Clinical Trials

How to Participate in Clinical Trials

Congratulations and continued best wishes go out to Robin, with appreciation to her for the example she sets for many.

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February 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm
(1) gemdiamondintherough says:

As said, we need them to gather information. But they are NOT for everyone. It depends on who, where you are and what you and your “family” can live with!

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