This week, I had the pleasure to interview Deborah Wright, APRN, CNS who works in the Phase I Program and Clinical Trials Office at the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. We talked about clinical trials, what they are and how they may benefit people who participate in them. The road to having a drug to treat cancer or the development of a vaccine is complicated and long. Drug companies and clinicians want to be sure that anything given to a patient does not hurt them.
The only way to do this is that once a drug has been tested in animals and determined to be ready for human trials is to start testing with a small number of people. Ms. Wright talks about this process and what people can expect if they choose to participate in a clinical trial.