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Dispelling the myths surrounding cancer trials

There is no doubt that clinical trials are vital to making advancements in how we treat cancer. But many patients and their doctors are hesitant about whether participating in a research study is right for them.

Dr. Elly Cohen is program director of, a website that matches patients with appropriate clinical trials. She says that accurate information is what patients need most to make these shared decisions with their medical providers.

“You hear that, on one side, it’s difficult for researchers to enroll patients in trials in a timely manner,” Cohen said. “At the same time, you have patients who want to participate in trials, who aren’t able to participate. And it’s almost like two ships passing through the night.”

Need to Know sits down with Cohen to learn the truth behind common myths about research trials, and the impact these trials have had on cancer care.