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Big Cancer Research Program, Small Community Setting

"Even though this was my first experience in a clinical trial, I was never anxious about the treatment involving mainline chemotherapy in combination with a new monoclonal antibody for multiple myeloma. I had faith in Dr. Yimer, and I had faith because the drug had been successful in other trials. I truly felt it was the best option and was willing to try anything,” said Dwayne Collins."

Dwayne Collins
Multiple Myeloma

Did you know that Tyler, Texas, is a leading-edge center for cancer research? For more than 30 years, Texas Oncology-Tyler has welcomed new clinical trial participants. Last year alone, nearly 1,000 cancer patients enrolled in the research program for access to new cancer therapies.

The physicians in the small East Texas community are passionate about their commitment to cancer research. Dr. Habte A. Yimer, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Tyler, said “When we recruit for clinical trials, we don’t do it just for the sake of doing it, or for the sake of recognition, we do it to advance the patient’s quality of life and their overall survival. We make sure to select new medications that we think would improve our patients’ lives. Most importantly, we bring high-quality clinical trials to the patient’s home so they don’t have to travel to a large academic research institution located very far away.”

From a Patient’s Perspective

Dwayne Collins, a multiple myeloma patient of Dr. Yimer, attests to the program’s innovative research benefits: 

I chose Texas Oncology because of the convenience factor of there being a location in East Texas. I didn’t have to travel to a larger metro area like Dallas or Houston. 

It was a no-brainer.

Even though this was my first experience in a clinical trial, I was never anxious about the treatment involving mainline chemotherapy in combination with a new monoclonal antibody for multiple myeloma. I had faith in Dr. Yimer, and I had faith because the drug had been successful in other trials. I truly felt it was the best option and was willing to try anything. 

With weekly treatments, it was incredibly important for me to have local access here in Tyler. I was also able to work throughout treatment, but I did slow down to some degree. During the clinical trial, I saw gradual improvement and was eventually able to do the things I normally do – and now I’m golfing again. 

As a veterinarian, I understand that your staff plays a huge part in the process and success. The staff at Texas Oncology–Tyler is so accommodating, almost like family. They knew my name, and every time I went there, it was a good experience."

Increasing Patient Participation Rates

Dr. Yimer added, “In the last couple of years, patient participation in community-based research has grown. Our research team is dedicated to identifying patients like Dwayne who meet the criteria for clinical trials and work with physicians to discuss potential candidates.”

Interested in learning about clinical trials in your area? Talk to your physician to discuss potential options. 

The information included in this testimonial is based on one patient’s unique experience and is not intended to represent all patient outcomes or expectations.