Grants - Virginia - Designated Grants - 2019

Stephanie Van Bebber

Funded by the V Foundation’s Virginia Vine event, in honor of WWE Connor’s Cure

Drugs are needed to treat cancer. Clinical trials are done to make sure drugs are safe and effective. Individuals volunteer for clinical trials. In cancer clinical trials, the volunteers usually have cancer. Volunteers may also be young or old, male or female and rich or poor. The important thing is to get a mix of volunteers who are similar to the cancer patients who will take the drug. Not very many people participate in clinical trials. More white people participate than any other race. This means that we don’t always know whether drugs are safe and effective in all people. Also, we don’t know if people are getting equal opportunity to participate in clinical trials. This study will look whether patients at Inova Schar Cancer Institute know about clinical trials. This study will also develop a program to help make all people, no matter what race, aware of clinical trials.