Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
Clinical trials are designed to answer scientific questions about promising treatments that may prove to be ineffective and/or harmful. So a legitimate concern of patients is: “Can researchers really want what’s best for me?”
As promised in my May 24th post, here's my response to the argument that therapies of Phase I studies are given to learn about dosing--and not to help the patient, so they cannot be called "treatment."