Stage III Rectal Cancer
Age at Diagnosis: 34

Dr. Claudia Cartwright chose to take part in clinical trials to get excellent care while helping increase knowledge of new treatments.

Claudia had just given birth, completed her Master’s degree in Public Health and qualified for a foreign service position as a veterinary attaché in the Caribbean. Stage III rectal cancer did not figure into her plans, but that is exactly what Claudia faced. She joined a new clinical trial, and although it will be years until the full results are reported, Claudia believes it was the best treatment decision for her.

Claudia knows that research studies come with some risks, but even after careful consideration, sometimes the best decision is to just take the leap.

UPDATE: We are sad to share that Claudia Cartwright passed away on September 19, 2008.