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Cancer and Alzheimer’s hurt many of our abuelos, moms, dads, and others we love.
Clinical trials help us fight for our familia.
Clinical trials are studies that help researchers learn more to help slow, manage, and treat Alzheimer’s and cancer for current and future family members. But without Latino volunteers for clinical trials, the benefits may miss this group.
Visit our clinical trials page to find a clinical trial, read about hero volunteers, and more!
“Latinos in clinical trials are not only helping themselves, but they’re also building a future with better treatments that can help their families in the future,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research and Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio.
What Are We Doing to Encourage Latino Volunteers for Clinical Trials?
Ramirez is creating new ways to urge Latinos to volunteer for clinical trials thanks to a grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.
On our Salud America! website, we are showcasing clinical trials to slow dementia at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio, such as:
- The AHEAD Clinical Trial to help prevent memory decline.
- The REACH Clinical Trial to help slow early Alzheimer’s disease for our familias.
- Test Your Memory with the Brain Health Registry!
We also are highlighting clinical trials to slow cancer at the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, such as:
- The Avanzando Caminos Clinical Trial to help unpack the social, cultural, behavioral, mental, biological, and medical influences on post-cancer life. (en español)
- The PASS Clinical Trial to better predict prostate cancer outcomes.
To find out more about clinical trials in South Texas, call 210-567-8229 (English) or 210-450-8073 (Spanish) regarding Alzheimer’s. Call 210-450-1000 regarding cancer.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recently updated their search engine to better help patients find and enroll in an NHBLI-sponsored clinical trial, including versions in English and Spanish.
Why Volunteer for a Clinical Trial?
We need Latino volunteers for clinical trials because it helps researchers create treatments and solutions tailored for this population.
Just ask Alma Lopez.
Breast cancer is the top cause of death for Latinas, but Alma Lopez has been a breast cancer survivor for more than 15 years.
She believes participating in a clinical trial at UT Health San Antonio helped her get better treatment and better long-term health.
“Clinical trials are great for finding new treatments that help people,” Lopez said. “And it helps the scientists. It gives opportunity to better medication for all populations.”
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