ASH 2012: Dr. John Byrd thanks the patients
I have been loudly critical of published clinical papers for failing to thank patients in their acknowledgments, but this may be changing. The patient participants who make it all possible are being increasingly recognized by the investigators.
My recent post on clinical trials dealt with ways to weigh the personal risks and benefits of enrolling in a trial. We CLL patients have never had a better risk-to-benefit ratio nor has there ever been a greater need for us to enroll in a trial than we have now. Today, the choice to make the jump, while never easy, is easier. While one might argue that it took some prescience, some enlightened self-interest and even some fortitude for me to enter my trial at OSU, I would never argue that it took much courage. On the other end of the spectrum is the raw bravery and ultraism of those who joined the phase 1 trials when so little was known.
Let's hear what Dr. Byrd has to say:
Next I will be posting an interview with Dr. Jeff Sharman.