In the January (print) edition of Scientific American, there is an article about
getting people who aren't near a major center into clinical trials. Since a large percentage of the US population (and the bulk of the actual land area of the country) is served by "community hospitals"--which are frequently not affiliated with major centers such as MD Anderson--the patients there who might benefit from trials don't even know about
them, much less have access, don't get the treatments they need.
The article discusses how this can be changed, relatively easily even.
I would post a link, but it's subscript
This is particularly of interest for me, because of my experience with PC, and where I lived at the time. It's all well and good to point out that "the majority of the US population lives within 200 miles of a major research hospital or NCCN center of excellence"--but that doesn't help the person who is actually "that guy", for whom 200 miles might a well be the far side of the moon. It's much more important for the doctors and caregivers at the 50 bed community hospital to be able to connect their patient with the research network--and treat them at home.
Age at Diagnosis: 56
RALP on 2/17/15, BJC St. Louis, Dr. Figenshau
58.5g, G3+4, 20%, 4 quadrants involved
PSA Non-Detect since April, 2015
My Story: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=3300024