Memorial Sloan Kettering

October 2017 Newsletter

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Have a Question? We Can Help. Our knowledgeable planned giving team is ready to answer any questions you may have about the many ways you can make a meaningful gift to MSK. Pictured from left: Stacy Angarola, Diana Dilg, Andrea Ryan, Amanda McKim, and Pamela Colker. Not pictured: Allison Jewell. Ms. Andrea Ryan Office of Planned Giving Toll free: 800-688-1827 | plannedgiving@mskcc.org plannedgiving.mskcc.org PAGE 4 Reflecting on the Future | Fall 2017 Paul Sabbatini, MD, Deputy Physician- in-Chief for Clinical Research at MSK Encouraging Clinical Trials Nearly every cancer treatment available today exists because of a clinical trial. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are currently overseeing 900 such studies. Although most patients are aware that these trials can help lead to new medical breakthroughs, they are unlikely to participate in them. Studies have shown that only 4 percent of all cancer patients enroll in clinical trials each year. According to a survey conducted on behalf of MSK, of the more than 2,000 Americans (including nearly 600 doctors) polled, just 40 percent said they have a positive overall impression of clinical trials. Only 35 percent said that they were likely to enroll in one. When given more information, however, almost half of patients said they would enroll in a clinical trial. Paul Sabbatini, MD, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Clinical Research at MSK, says it is critical to address common myths and misunderstandings surrounding trials. "Failing to consider clinical trials at every stage of cancer diagnosis and treatment can represent a missed opportunity, primarily for patients, as well as for doctors and researchers trying to develop better therapies," he says. "It's critical that we spread the word that there are options to consider early on." Contact our Planned Giving office to see how your future gift can help make these opportunities available for more patients. Reflecting on the Future | Fall 2017

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