Cancer Clinical Trials: How New Search Tools Make It Easier For Patients To Find The Treatment They Need (Newsweek)

Newsweek: Cancer Clinical Trials: How New Search Tools Make It Easier For Patients To Find The Treatment They Need. “[Tom] Marsilje—who took care of his mother before she passed away from pancreatic cancer and watched several other family members fight cancer—studied medicinal chemistry and became an oncology and drug discovery researcher at Novartis, working primarily on lung cancer. He helped design and synthesize a lung cancer drug. In June 2012, his colleagues presented their Phase I clinical trial data at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. ‘It really had felt like we struck a blow to cancer,’ Marsilje says. Six hours later, cancer struck back. The 40-year-old Marsilje had a colonoscopy and got a diagnosis of Stage III colorectal cancer (CRC). He had surgery two days later. The cancer caretaker turned cancer researcher was suddenly a cancer patient. A short time later, he would also become a cancer activist, contributing one big solution to the daunting challenge many patients face of finding a clinical trial that offers them real hope.”