Survivor Story: Jamie Troil Goldfarb Shares Her Experience With Research Studies (Video)

Jamie Troil Goldfarb's story embodies the hope of medical research studies. She received a stage IV melanoma diagnosis in 2011, only 11 weeks after giving birth to her child. Jamie told us that that diagnosis carries a 14% 5-year-survival rate, but today, Jamie is living without evidence of disease, thanks to an immunotherapy clinical trial she credits with saving her life:


Jamie speaks frequently about the importance of medical research. She also volunteers with our new partner, the Melanoma Research Alliance to share her experience. She shared with us the three things she wishes people knew about research studies:

  1. If you have cancer, you will not get a placebo.
  2. If you take part in a clinical trial, you won’t be treated as a “test subject.” You’re still just a patient receiving medical care.
  3. If you're not getting what you need from your doctor, don't be afraid to ask questions or push back. It's okay to do your own research – but remember that you are not a statistic.