How Mary got the “full monty” with her liver cirrhosis clinical trial

How Mary got the “full monty” with her liver cirrhosis clinical trial


I think that the benefits patients take out of attending a clinical trial are.. probably far better than attending a regular clinic like I do. I attend the Liver Clinic every six months for basic check-up. But when I am on the clinical trial I get the Full Monty really. Everything. So, it puts my mind at ease. My name is Mary Ellis. I have cirhossis of the liver. Leading up to the clinical trial, I was attending the Liver Clinic at the treatment centre at QMC, And I think they just thought that I was a good candidate for it, you know — and i was happy to do it When I first took part in the clinical trial, I was very nervous because I had not done anything like that before. As a patient in the clinical trial, I was injected with green dye to see how fast it progressed to my liver, to see how my liver was working. I was given an ECG, blood pressure, blood test… Didn’t find it difficult to participate in the clinical trial with the medical aspect But I had to do some memory tests: drawing on paper, with numbers and things like that And it was more scary than an exam But the medical part was fine. the care and support that I received during the clinical trial was brilliant. Everybody was so nice to me and put me at ease The work that’s done in the biomedical unit is brilliant Because it all goes towards helping others now and in the future. And the best thing I can say, I think, about my participation in the trial is is the people – they have all been wonderful they are all friendly All very reassuring and put your mind at ease. And you know, they won’t ask you to do something that you are not happy to do. I would say to any patient that’s pondering about entering into a clinical trial Do it. Go for it.. You know — There’s nothing to be scared of.

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