When Ann Ramsdell, a mother of two and a biologist at MUSC, was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer, she could have chosen to be treated anywhere. But Ann chose the Hollings Cancer Center because of its clinical trials program.
Today, Ann is in remission and has switched the focus of her research from heart defects to breast cancer.
"I chose Hollings because I wanted access to the most aggressive and advanced drugs available. I wanted a clinical trial."
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When Bennie Sumpter was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, a clinical trial offered the best hope of slowing the spread of the disease. Six weeks later, Bennie's cancer was under control, allowing him to spend time with his grandchildren and return to the golf course.
"With a clinical trial I feel I’m helping myself and helping other people. I feel good about that."
When Charlene Stuart's leukemia returned at the age of 54, physicians said the best option for someone her age was a mini-transplant clinical trial. The stem cell transplant, performed for the first time in South Carolina at Hollings Cancer Center, was a success.
Now, a survivor of more than 10 years, Charlene’s focus is on family.
"I chose a clinical trial, and it has given me precious extra time with my loving husband and grandchildren."
Diagnosed with head and neck cancer, Ed Bostain hoped his treatment would allow him to continue doing what he loved most: firefighting and rescue diving.
Ed's doctors at the Hollings Cancer Center determined he was a candidate for a clinical trial. Today, Ed is back on the job and back in the water.
"I went on a clinical trial and pretty soon my tumor – not my career – was history."