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Patient Testimonials

Kris Portera


Kris Portera, colon cancer, cancer trial participant
“I think whatever they can learn from me; have at it. There is nothing worse than thinking that your kids may have to do this. I hope whatever I do today will change it for their future.”

Seven years ago, Kris Portera overcame her colon cancer with surgery. When the cancer returned this past year, however, the mother of two young boys didn’t give it a second thought when her doctor proposed a clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of two drug combinations. Kris felt like the trial offered the best option, regardless of whether she was assigned to the new drug regimen or not: “They tell you that this may not work for you, but they also make it very clear that you are getting the gold standard treatment you would normally get even if you weren’t in the trial.”