A Patient's Perspective
Clinical trials are regulated research studies that try to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat a disease. But it can be a little scary when you are asked to be part of one! Learn more about all that you can gain from being part of a clinical trial from these patients.
When I was first asked to be part of a clinical trial, I was a little bit nervous.
I felt scared.
And I wanted to do anything I could to help my COPD.
By participating in a clinical trial I learned a lot more about my lung disease and how important it is for patients to become involved.
I learned COPD tips from my doctor. I learned that diet, exercise - those all play into where your COPD is going to go years down the road. What I do today is going to affect me 10 years from now.
I've been in three different clinical trials. So after being in a clinical trial I understand my body a lot more and I haven't had an asthma attack in years.
One of the benefits for Alexis being in the clinical trial was that she earned extra spending money.
If I wouldn't have been in the clinical trial I never would have had the CAT Scans and the MRIs and all that one-on-one with the clinicians that worked with me for the year that I was in this trial - it's invaluable.
My clinical trial coordinator made me feel more comfortable by reassuring me that if my COPD got any worse - he would stop the trial.
The most memorable experience I had with being part of the clinical trial was when my daughter Alexis had an asthma attack and Michelle, our coordinator, was with me - over the phone all night long to ensure we got proper treatment. It was amazing how much she cared!
By participating in a clinical trial it made me feel very good about what I was doing for myself and for other patients. And I really think that it's something all patients should have a chance to do.
Learn more about the benefits of participating in a clinical trial at Lung.org.
Sign up for the latest lung health news sent right to your inbox.
Join more than 500,000 people who receive research updates, inspiring stories, health information and more.