Stanford Cancer Clinical Trial Stories

Chris - Trial Participant


Dan - Trial Participant

Dan Rosenbaum, a Stanford cancer clinical trial participant, relaxes with his furry pal. After receiving new targeted treatments for his chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), Dan noticed a difference almost immediately. “I saw a marked improvement in my symptoms within two weeks of starting treatment, with little or no side effects,” Dan said. “It’s so unbelievable it is almost hard to talk about.” Read more...

Noah - Trial Participant


Khanon - Trial Participant

The trial has helped me get back to living my life, my way. I choose to participate because I want to help advance cancer medicine (and spend a little more time with my granddaughter too).

Louisa - Trial Participant

Breast Cancer

Chuck - Trial Participant

I was very fortunate to be selected to participate in Stanford’s clinical trial. Due to my condition I had hundreds of basal cell carcinomas for over 3o years and watched them disappear in only a few months. It has greatly improved my quality of life.

Ray - Trial Participant

Kidney Cancer

Michael - Trial Participant

Michael had never previously been sick with anything worse than colds, flus and the usual childhood maladies. But over five years ago he was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma. After attempting multiple therapies, he was referred to the Hu5F9-G4 trial at Stanford. He received  the experimental treatment, and discovered his cancer was significantly reduced. Read more...

Tina - Clinical Research Nurse

Looking to the future, Tina thinks that the new “CAR-T” immunotherapy that many of the investigators with whom she’s working will be a game-changer in cancer treatment. With this type of therapy, researchers genetically modify a person’s own T-cells (the cells that seek out harmful microbes and cancer) to destroy cancer cells.  Read more...

Eve - Trial Participant

Colon Cancer

Rich - Trial Participant

Participating in my second clinical trial has showed me that there are so many opportunities available to us to win this battle against cancer.

Karyn - Trial Participant

Brain Cancer

Rose - Trial Participant

Thymus Cancer

Ruth - Trial Participant

I am on a clinical trial for colon cancer. The immunotherapy treatment is saving my life! I have been on it over a year and I'm very healthy compared to when I was on chemotherapy. I'm grateful to Stanford for letting me do this. The cancer is either shrinking or staying the same but not spreading. I have some side effects but Stanford keeps me comfortable. I'm fighting towards remission!

Sara's Gift

A Legacy of Hope for Gastric Cancer Patients

Kimberly - Nurse-Scientist

As a nurse-scientist working at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Kimberly Pyke-Grimm studies how teen and young adult cancer patients make medical decisions. Her research is shaped by her experience as both a pediatric-oncology nurse and mother of three. “I feel strongly about contributing to child health because two of my children were born with heart disease. I want to be making a difference in giving other children the best care because my children received it.” Read more

Fawn - Trial Participant

In the face of cancer, from the day I was diagnosed, I now live everyday as my last day and I live fully in the moment. I would never have imagined, during my prime life stage with a promising career and future, that I would be diagnosed with terminal lung cancer without any sign of illness or physical discomfort. But life happens, and when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I'm am so glad I participated in Stanford's clinical trial. It is through my participation which proved positive results in which has allowed me to lead a normal, active life all the while giving me more precious time to enjoy with my family and friends.

Brian - Trial Participant

Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Paula - Trial Participant

I was never diligent about self-exam, but that day in the shower, with my soapy hands, I casually felt my breasts. That’s when I felt a lump. In that moment, I intuitively knew I had cancer. When I learned there is no standard treatment protocol for triple negative breast cancer, my breast specialist recommended that I consider a clinical trial.  With his guidance, support and knowledge of available trials, plus my own research, the choice became clear. I am happy to report that I had a complete response to the trial and today I am cancer free! Less than five months after treatment ended. I was able to reach my goal of climbing to 14,000 feet in the Kumbu region of Nepal! Life is good.

Neil- Trial Participant

Lung Cancer