Advancing treatments through clinical trials | Kaiser Permanente
Over the years, clinical trials have led to significant advances in treatment—even cures—for common and serious illnesses. William Towner, MD, FACP, regional physician director for clinical trials at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, describes how trials at Kaiser Permanente contribute to the development of more effective and safer treatments for diseases such as HIV, hepatitis C, cancer, and more. Learn more at about.kaiserpermanente.org.
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To find out whether a treatment works in a human,
you have to ultimately test it in a human.
Our current medical treatments for many diseases,
such as heart disease, cancer, HIV
have all been tested first of all in clinical trials.
At Kaiser Permanente, we're proud to offer
a wide array of clinical trials in many common disease
conditions, such as adult and childhood
cancers, infectious diseases like HIV,
cardiovascular diseases, neuromuscular
disorders, and many other medical conditions.
One of the advantages to participate
in a clinical trial Kaiser Permanente is you
don't have to go anywhere to enroll in this study.
Your physician will frequently be
the investigator in the study.
And all your records are already here
at Kaiser Permanente as a part of our medical records system.
So we will know right off the bat
if you qualify for this study or not.
When I first began with Kaiser Permanente,
HIV was largely an untreatable disease.
Through the advent of clinical trials, more and more effective
disease therapies were developed.
Now flash forward to today, we are now
able to treat HIV with one pill taken once a day,
which seldomly has any side effects for most patients.
That's an amazing thing to say.
Hepatitis C is another disease where clinical trials have
really driven medicine forward.
For years, hepatitis C was a very debilitating disease
for patients, and oftentimes resulted
in liver transplantation or death.
Through the use of clinical trials,
new medications were developed that can actually
Clinical trials really have driven medicine forward here.
And I'm proud that Kaiser Permanente
could be a part of those clinical trials.