Stanford Cancer Clinical Trial Stories

Noah - Trial Participant


Khanon - Trial Participant

The trial has helped me get back to living my life, my way. I choose to participate because I want to help advance cancer medicine (and spend a little more time with my granddaughter too).

Louisa - Trial Participant

Breast Cancer

Chuck - Trial Participant

I was very fortunate to be selected to participate in Stanford’s clinical trial. Due to my condition I had hundreds of basal cell carcinomas for over 3o years and watched them disappear in only a few months. It has greatly improved my quality of life.

Ray - Trial Participant

Kidney Cancer

Tina - Clinical Research Nurse

Looking to the future, Tina thinks that the new “CAR-T” immunotherapy that many of the investigators with whom she’s working will be a game-changer in cancer treatment. With this type of therapy, researchers genetically modify a person’s own T-cells (the cells that seek out harmful microbes and cancer) to destroy cancer cells. She recently supported a leukemia clinical trial where T-cells were engineered to attack two different molecules on the surface of cancer cells rather than just one, and the initial results have been extremely promising. 

After this trial, she experienced what she says was one of the most “beautiful moments” in her career — when she was able to tell an 18-year-old girl who had struggled with failed leukemia treatments for years, that this new technology had put her cancer in remission.  Read more...


Eve - Trial Participant

Colon Cancer

Rich - Trial Participant

Participating in my second clinical trial has showed me that there are so many opportunities available to us to win this battle against cancer.

Karyn - Trial Participant

Brain Cancer

Rose - Trial Participant

Thymus Cancer

Sara's Gift

A Legacy of Hope for Gastric Cancer Patients

Fawn - Trial Participant

In the face of cancer, from the day I was diagnosed, I now live everyday as my last day and I live fully in the moment. I would never have imagined, during my prime life stage with a promising career and future, that I would be diagnosed with terminal lung cancer without any sign of illness or physical discomfort. But life happens, and when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I'm am so glad I participated in Stanford's clinical trial. It is through my participation which proved positive results in which has allowed me to lead a normal, active life all the while giving me more precious time to enjoy with my family and friends.

Brian - Trial Participant

Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Neil- Trial Participant

Lung Cancer

Paula - Trial Participant

I was never diligent about self-exam, but that day in the shower, with my soapy hands, I casually felt my breasts. That’s when I felt a lump. In that moment, I intuitively knew I had cancer. When I learned there is no standard treatment protocol for triple negative breast cancer, my breast specialist recommended that I consider a clinical trial.  With his guidance, support and knowledge of available trials, plus my own research, the choice became clear. I am happy to report that I had a complete response to the trial and today I am cancer free! Less than five months after treatment ended. I was able to reach my goal of climbing to 14,000 feet in the Kumbu region of Nepal! Life is good.