Patient Stories are Part of the Standard of Care at a National Cancer Hospital System

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a five-hospital system with a national footprint. As a specialty provider in cancer care, the system sees 20,000 cancer patients annually, and consistently ranks in the top 3% of all hospitals in terms of patient satisfaction. In addition, the organization is one that has worked to harness the therapeutic benefits of patient storytelling through a partnership with StoryCorps, a nonprofit project with the mission of honoring and celebrating the lives of everyday Americans by recording and sharing their stories (via NPR), among other initiatives.

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A brush of inspiration: A talk with patient advocate Regina Holliday

The hall was full of people clad in conference attire: black suits, white shirts, and, for some, an adventurous pop of color in a shoe or a tie.

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May 2018: Depression and Anxiety Research News Round-Up

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. If you've ever experienced mental health problems, you're certainly not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common, affecting 40 million people, or 18% of the population. Major depressive disorder affects 16.1 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people ages 15 to 44.

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May 2018: Asthma and Allergy Research Round-Up

May is Asthma and Allergies Awareness Month. One in 13 Americans has asthma, and asthma symptoms account for 14.2 million doctor's visits a year. Allergic asthma is the most common kind; 90% of children with asthma also have allergies, and 50% of adults with asthma have them. In all, 50 million people in the U.S. have asthma.

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Well Illustrated: Patients Finding their Voice through Art

Nina Beaty is an artist and an art therapist. In 2014, a diagnosis of small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) with a short life expectancy turned her life upside down. When her cancer didn't respond to standard treatment, she enrolled in an immunotherapy trial. Four years out, Nina has no evidence of cancer.

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5 Patient Recruitment Social Media Tactics Besides Facebook

With Facebook making headlines around data security and privacy concerns, you may be considering advertising alternatives for your clinical trial patient recruitment. While Facebook is still one of the most powerful advertising platforms out there, it's smart to consider diversifying your ad placements. Even if Facebook continues to reign supreme, you may find that certain channels are more effective for a particular trial or patient population.

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A Conversation with NICA’s Executive Director on In-Office Infusions and the Importance of Research Studies

The National Infusion Center Association (NICA) is an Austin-based advocacy organization dedicated to improving patient access to in-office infusions. We caught up with Brian Nyquist, NICA’s Executive Director, to talk about the work they’re doing to achieve this goal, and why research studies remain critical to providing optimal patient care.

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National Headache Foundation and Antidote Collaborate to Drive Headache Research Forward

A New Way to Find and Take Part in Headache Research

At Antidote, we’re dedicated to connecting patients with medical research to accelerate the pace discovery of better treatments — and even cures. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new partnership with the National Headache Foundation, an organization on a mission to create a world without headache through awareness, advocacy, education, and research. In the research category, the National Headache Foundation supports clinical research into potential headache causes and treatments. Of course, that research requires volunteers, but we know from our work matching patients to trials that often, finding the right trial for a particular patient is easier said than done. Together, we’re addressing this problem: the National Headache Foundation’s new clinical trial search tool, powered by Antidote, will allow patients to match to trials in minutes, just by answering a few questions.

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For National DNA Day, the Latest News in Precision Medicine

The latest treatments for cancer and other critical conditions are increasingly written in our DNA. In recent years, research has made important strides in using genes to guide personalized treatments especially for cancer. Termed precision medicine, this approach applies information about an individual's genes and how proteins are expressed to develop new targeted therapeutics.

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5 Clinical Trial Digital Recruitment Services to Consider

Today, trial recruitment companies offer a range of digital services to connect patients with research. Ideally, clinical trial digital recruitment can help find the right patients for your trial faster and at a lower cost than traditional approaches. Not every approach is the right fit for every trial, though, so it's important to have an understanding of how a recruitment company will be using various digital tools to reach patients.

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