Alternative Revenue Stream for Private Practice Physicians – Research Investigator

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  1. jeri harris says:

    i really hope someone out there is reading this… i could use some advice. my husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in jan. 08. we went to harvard doc, great rep, and he suggested a clinical trial, sarah cannon, gi 91 as an option. first, we had to have an mri, pet and cat scan to be sure that it hadn’t spread as the trial was for stage 3 only. the goal was to be able to have the “curative” surgery after chemo radiation. got test results back after much gut wrenching waiting, and we got the call. the doc’s nurse said that “dr. rubin was not calling the spots on the liver cancer, they only slightly lit up on the pet scan. we were a little concerned about the spots, but hey, they are the docs, we’ll take it. as my husband was only 47 years old, we were told that he would be a great candidate for the study as he was quite young for the cancer. we jumped right in, chemo radiation began, and of course, he got sicker and sicker. but, we were optimistic about the end results. we had our visit with the surgeon, well known surgeon at moffit hospital in tampa fl, his expertise was esophageal cancer, and he told us that he would have to have a pet scan for the liver “cysts” to make sure they weren’t cancer. so of course, we were scared to death, had the pet scan, and anxiously awaited the results. we went in for the pre surgery visit, i had to ASK how the test results came back, and he said oh ya, that’s right, he pulled up some scan that now looking back was probably a cat scan not a pet, and said oh, it’s fine. never explained anything. he had the horrific surgery, lived with horrific aftermath, in and out of hospitals for 4 months before the next check ups, and of course, the post surgery pet came back with metastized cancer in the liver, which would have disqualified him from the beginning, which we came to find out. the dr. we chose to see after getting the dismal news told us it was cancer from the beginning, stage 4, not 3. needless to say, he died of liver cancer 1 year after the surgery. i now have an attorney, but i really believe that he was put into the study for financial gain, along with the surgery. these docs should lose their licenses, as every doc that has seen the original scans said it was unequivocally cancer in the liver at the start, and surgery should never have been done. i feel like a victim of the clinical study laxness for not requiring that they see the tests done for all applicants of clinical studies, and certainly a victim of the docs who knew better, no other reason than money makes any sense. can anyone out there give me some advice, how to make some noise with this, i know we are not the only ones going thru this and this needs to stop. the doc works for florida cancer specialists, who now go by the name “florida cancer specialists and research organization. all that says to me is more people are going to be put thru the research mill for these docs and clinical research people to make lots of money as we now are trying to get over the nightmare of watching my husband struggle to survive after a surgery he should have NEVER had by all standard of care guidelines. HELP!!!! JERI HARRIS

  2. Larry says:

    I am not clear if the research doctor/clinical research staff reviewed all the inclusion/exclusion information. If he did, he did not understand the protocol, your husband could have been randomized by accident. If the sponsor gained knowledge that the patient were randomized by errow, than it would have been reported to the IRB office. It is diffucult to exspand on the subject matter, without a full review.