When the Doctor Becomes the Patient

How Cancer Changed the Way One Doctor 

Practices Medicine 

Trialjectory had the privilege of speaking with Dr. David Jones* about how his experience as a cancer patient changed the way he practices medicine. 


Trialjectory:  Thank you for agreeing to share your story.  Can we start by having you share a little bit about your background? 


Dr. D:  I am from a lower middle class family from a mill town in the North East. I attended public schools and was the first in my family to attend college. I have always enjoyed science and decided at a fairly young age to try and become a doctor. My late wife was instrumental in my finishing school. If it was not for her great help and support I probably would not be where I am today.


Trialjectory:  Sounds like you’ve always been passionate about becoming a doctor. What have you learned from your patient interactions over the years?


Dr. D. I am a general practitioner, and I have enjoyed many years of taking care of my patients. I consider this one of the highest forms of service that a person can achieve in their career. In my practice I care for and treat many different kinds of human ailments both physical and mental. This requires a great deal of expertise and experience in order to help with your handling of the patient’s physical and mental welfare. As a physician goes through his or her practice, they gain experience and wisdom that enables them to better serve their patients.      

“I was no longer a practitioner of medicine, but one who was relying upon a fellow physician to guide me through my treatment and hopefully recovery.”

I found that in the beginning of my career I had a lot of knowledge but little insight into the patient.  

At that time I was focused on treating  the disease and not necessarily the patient. As I gained experience, my ability to relate to  my patients increased beyond my knowledge of medical facts and treatments. The greatest influencer of this knowledge was when I became a patient, a patient who was diagnosed with cancer. 


Trialjectory:  Receiving a cancer diagnosis, quickly changed your role from doctor to patient. What was that like and what did you take away from the experience? 


D.D.: The tables turned quickly when I received my cancer diagnosis. I was no longer a practitioner of medicine , but one who was relying upon a fellow physician to guide me through my treatment and hopefully recovery. This experience has given me the greatest opportunity to improve my abilities as a physician. Being on the receiving end of medical assistance is so very much different that anything I had done before in my practice. It opened up for me a whole new outlook on how I would take care of my patients in the future. It also made me aware of the conversations that I had with patients. Listening to what they are saying was now extremely important. 


I realized that I was listening, but not understanding what was truly occurring in the patient’s life. Now I have a deeper understanding of how important it is to truly listen and understand all the questions and concerns that my patients are expressing to their physician.


Trialjectory:  How did your knowledge as a physician impact the way you communicated with your clinical team of caregivers? 


Dr. D:  It’s a unique and unusual experience to have a disease that you are very familiar with. It’s scary to know what is occurring in your body, placing 

your care in the hands of another is very difficult and was a new learning experience for me. I  found myself asking simple questions to my physician, exactly as my patients would ask me! I found this enlightening and also important to my future as a practitioner. I wanted my physician to be a good listener and to truly understand what my concerns were. She was excellent! She was not distracted by office duties while I was in the office. She was answering my questions and not becoming distracted by some of my more sophomoric inquiries. She took all my questions with a great deal of understanding and empathy. I learned a great deal about myself and a great deal of how I was going to handle my patients in the future, not only those patients with diseases such as cancer, but also mundane medical problems as well.     

My role as patient was interesting , too say the least. I was also scary.  Yet my colleagues were always supportive of my questions and concerns. Thanks to their level of  compassion I learned a great lesson in my future as a physician. 

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing so acquire a great deal of knowledge to be able to assist both [you and your doctor] in your future treatment and recovery.”

I would have preferred not getting  diagnosed with cancer, but the bright side is I gained an understanding of medicine that I otherwise would never have been exposed to. 


Trialjectory:  Your journey is very unique. If you could give a cancer patient any advice, what would it be – and is coming from you as a doctor or patient? 


Dr. D:  To be honest, as a patient, I would tell another cancer patient to try not to become so involved with your disease that you lose track of your goal of beating this disease. I would also recommend that as a patient, tell your physician your understanding of the treatment, just do not accept something you don’t understand. Your physician wants you to be well and the more information he or she can give you helps the two of you in your recovery. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing so acquire a great deal of knowledge to be able to assist both of you in your future treatment and recovery.


From a physicians point of view, treat the patient first, he or she should be the center of your focus. The disease is important but the patient is always your main focus of concern. I always try to be positive, for I truly believe that the body follows the mind. Keep your patient informed and encouraged.


Trialjectory: Thinking back, were there any inspirational quotes or experiences that have stuck with you? 


Dr. D: I don’t have any particular inspirational sayings that I live my life by. I believe that rather than sayings, I relied on my life experiences to guide my way through my practice of medicine . So many statements that I have heard from my patients are so profound and have influenced my care for these patients. I have found that the truest statements of life come from those that are close to the end of life. I try to live my life and practice being guided by these thoughts.

When the Doctor Becomes the Patient2021-09-26T07:11:01+00:00

How to Choose The Right Cancer Treatment For You

The latest research shows that cancer patients who are empowered to make decisions about their health have significantly better outcomes – this is what we want for you!

The first step is to own your cancer journey

We have created a toolkit that will help you in your cancer journey, step by step. It includes questions to ask your doctor, pointers for information gathering, as well as direction on how to decide on the next steps. And no matter what stage you are of the disease or in the process, there’s always hope, time and room to explore more options – and we can help you find those, do not hesitate to contact us!

How to Choose The Right Cancer Treatment For You

Once diagnosed with cancer you face many emotions, questions, and fears. Today’s world offers many more options to fight cancer than what it used to, and you should consider all options before starting treatment. Fighting cancer and trying to find, understand and choose THE RIGHT treatment is not easy and we can help you navigate and own your path to recovery.


How to Choose The Right Cancer Treatment For You2020-07-12T14:07:17+00:00

Being thankful

The holiday season reminds me of the numerous times I was told to look at my cancer as a gift.
While I understand the meaning and well-intention behind the words, 
this is truly not only a gift I could have done without, 

it is also not a gift I would wish for anyone else to receive. 

Being afraid for my life, 
dealing with treatment and its side effects, 
and trying to balance treatments with taking care of my three girls – none of it was or felt like ‘a gift’. 
Finding my inner strength to fight cancer, taking responsibility for my treatment options and choices, and specifically taking the road less taken by choosing clinical trials – specifically a clinical trial that ended up saving my life – that’s (!) what I’m thankful for.
Tzvia Bader
CEO & Co- Founder
Being thankful2020-07-12T14:09:21+00:00

TrialJectory Raises $3 Million in Seed Financing Round

New York, N.Y. December 17, 2019 TrialJectory, an AI-powered technology platform that uses self-reported clinical data to match cancer patients with clinical trials and remove barriers to advanced treatment options, announced today that the Company has closed a $2.7 million seed financing round, led by Contour Venture Partners. Proceeds from the financing will expedite the growth of TrialJectory’s platform, which includes adding more clinical trials for different cancer types and expanding the Company’s outreach across the medical, pharmaceutical and patient communities. To date, TrialJectory has matched thousands of patients for clinical trial enrollment and continues to add new studies to the platform each week.


“As cancer is the second leading cause of death for Americans – with thousands of new cases diagnosed each year – having access to advanced treatment options is a necessity, not a privilege, as new trials provide better outcomes to patients,” said Tzvia Bader, TrialJectory CEO and co-founder. “What’s more, one of the top obstacles that oncologists face today is the lack of clinical trial access for patients, which is due to the availability of more treatment options overall. Additionally, it is a very complex process to match the right patient with the right treatment, especially with the rise of personalized medicine.”


“Not only is TrialJectory’s platform expanding access to new treatments for patients, but it’s also revolutionizing the trial recruitment process as a whole by reducing operational costs and enabling new drugs to hit the market sooner,” added Bader. “The bottom line is that patients have the right to take action and find the best treatment for them. Leveraging AI is the key to making this happen and, ultimately, to saving lives.”


TrialJectory currently supports trials for breast cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, melanoma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS; often called preleukemia). The engine works through mimicking the mind of an oncologist, reading all unstructured treatment descriptions and extracting the data that’s relevant to the patient. TrialJectory clusters, classifies and standardizes this information, creating a unique database that highlights patient attributes attractive to clinical trials. Patients are then matched to clinical trials through self-reported, dynamic questionnaire answers and can filter the trials and share the information with their oncologists to move forward in the process if appropriate.


“TrialJectory’s work – driven by a highly experienced management team, comprised of both oncology and technology experts – is disrupting and reshaping how we think about traditional cancer care today,” concluded Bob Greene, lead investor. “Even more important, it is empowering patients to take back control of their treatment, and we look forward to watching TrialJectory’s platform continue to grow quickly. We believe that the Company has the potential to become a go-to resource for the global medical community to help doctors provide personalized, matched treatment options to patients in need everywhere.”

TrialJectory Raises $3 Million in Seed Financing Round2020-07-12T14:10:29+00:00

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Guide

Over the recent past, medical advancements, even in terms of research and analysis, have grown sporadically. These advancements have birthed some practical practices, one of them being clinical trials for breast cancer. You may be wondering what these trials mean and what they encompass. Even with a slight understanding, I can assure you that many are the benefits that come along with this practice. A breast cancer clinical trial evaluates the safety and effectiveness of new approaches and or treatments for diseases,  In other words, these trials are used when considering whether a new type of treatment or medication is effective enough in combating breast cancer. Clinical trial goals are to find out whether a new treatment is more effective than the previous ones. So, you should understand that clinical trials are tests of what has never been used before in treating breast cancer.  

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Trends

Recently, breast cancer clinical trials are being used vastly in helping researchers and doctors to come up with the most powerful form of treating this illness. You, however, do not need to worry about whether the clinical trials are legitimate. In fact, this medical practice has been identified and recognized even by government entities. Therefore, you do not have to doubt the acceptability of clinical trials if you wish to participate in one. The main agendas of these trails may vary. In some instances, they seek to evaluate ways of reducing the spreading of breast cancer or its severity. In other cases, it aims to identify the usefulness of non-drug treatment even on factors like dieting and complementary therapies. As noted earlier, breast clinical trials have already been recognized even on global levels. For example, the National Cancer Institute has a fully developed website where you can access numerous approved breast cancer trials.

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Benefits

The good thing about the enhanced breast cancer trials is that once you participate, you can receive the standard of care of the most effective treatment currently available. In some cases, the breast cancer trials help to establish a promising treatment that, if practical, the participants become the first beneficiaries.  People ask themselves questions like, Are the trials safe? Are there any side effects? Well, you should note that before a clinical trial is ready for the test, it must be judged safe and ethical by relevant medical bodies. If at all anything goes wrong, an ethical committee approves compensation. Another added benefit of participating in a trial is that you get to have an opportunity to help others and even make breast cancer treatment better. One of the most notable advantages is that as a breast cancer patient, you gain the privilege of having regular medical checkups. In this case, doctors carry out extra tests to ensure that everything is stable concerning your health. This merit helps to eliminate additional costs, especially if you had to visit a clinic for checkups. Note that, it is under this test that if anything uncommon is noted, immediate treatment measures are taken. The constant monitoring comes along with additional tips on how to exercise, what to eat, and any medical advice that relates to breast cancer. Therefore, it is very safe if you decide to take a breast cancer clinical test. 

Search for Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

Since clinical trials are widely recognized, they can take place anywhere in the country, including other parts of the world. In most cases, you are likely to find them in medical facilities and hospitals, while durations may vary. In other instances, agencies like the National Cancer Institute establishes numerous sites across the country and gives specific dates. During this kind of breast cancer clinical trial, you can expect a bigger number of individuals. However, note that a clinical trial must have an eligibility criterion or rather some guidelines of who should participate. 

Finding Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

If you would like to find clinical trials for breast cancer,  you can conduct relevant research by searching the internet. One of the most resourceful websites for finding breast cancer clinical trials is with Trialjectory. We are an AI-based marketplace that helps cancer patients and their oncologists match their clinical profile with clinical trials. TrialJectorys first provides you with a list of trials that are right for you based on your past and current medical history. Next, you review and share these options (if you would like) with your doctors. From there, you decide which one trial you would like to apply to. We then will connect you to a trial site and help facilitate all communications in order to ensure you get access to the best treatment. 

Trialjectory makes the process of finding a clinical trial simple, as we search for clinical trials for you and match them with your individual disease profile. Once you have been matched, we will help you apply to a trial, and get started. If you need assistance in learning more about the clinical trial process or have any questions, please email our clinical team at:  clinicalteam@trialjectory.com.

Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Guide2020-10-02T16:20:43+00:00

Participate in a Clinical Trial: A Guide for Patients

Participate in a Clinical Trial

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are designed to find new or better ways to treat, prevent or screen for a medical condition.  These trials involve human participants to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new approaches/ treatments for diseases, including cancer
In clinical trials, patients receive specific interventions according to a research plan, such as new drugs or devices, procedures, and even changes to patients’ behavior (diet). Researchers are always exploring different combinations of therapies, whether it be introducing a new drug or using a standard (approved) treatment in a new way to find the best and most effective approach to treating patients.

Should I participate in a clinical trial?

There are many different reasons why people decide to participate in clinical trials. In the past, it was mainly due to standard treatments not being as effective as they should be, or the side effects were too severe.  But today, due to the innovations in research and the effectiveness of new drugs with fewer side effects the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has updated their guidelines, where clinical trials are recommended as the best management for cancer patients.
Participating in clinical trials can present both benefits and risks, and it is important to stay informed, and to speak with your loved ones and doctors to decide if a clinical trial is right for you. 

5 benefits of participating in a clinical trial: 

  1. You will get access to the newest treatments
    You might receive access to the latest treatment options before they become available.
  2. You are carefully monitored by health care professionals
    You are carefully monitored by a medical team, every step of the way
  3. You play an important role in your healthcare
    You are taking an active role in your health
  4. You become a part of the future of medicine
    You are participating in research that could bring medical advances to cancer treatment
  5. You can receive free or low-cost treatment
    Clinical trials often (not always) cover costs related to research treatments

What are the eligibility criteria for trials?

In order to be able to join a clinical trial, a patient must meet a list of requirements (trial eligibility criteria), which include, among others: 

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Overall health
  • Treatment history 
  • Disease stage

Why is eligibility criteria important?

Eligibility criteria for trials are used to help identify patients with a specific disease profile that is intended for the investigated treatment in the trial. This is used by researchers to ensure patients do not have any outstanding conditions that may impact the trial results.

How do I find cancer clinical trials?

Finding clinical trials can be a long process, where less than 5% of cancer patients are enrolled in trials. This could be due to the lack of suitable patient-friendly tools that help identify trials that match current medical conditions. 

How can TrialJectory help?

We collect your disease profile and match it to trial eligibility criteria. We do the hard work for you, as we know how difficult it is to browse through those complicated medical terms and find the right match for you.
First, we provide you with a list of trials that are right for you. The next step is for you to review and share these options (if you would like)  with your doctors. From there, you decide which one you would like to apply to. We will then connect you to a trial site and help facilitate all communications in order to ensure you get access to the best treatment. 

I want to enroll in a trial, what do I do?

You have come to the right place, we are here to help. Our job is to make the process of finding a clinical trial simple, as we search clinical trials for you and match them with your individual disease profile. If you would like to get started, click here. Once you have been matched, we will help you apply to the trial, and get started. 

Who can I contact?

If you need assistance in learning more about the clinical trial process or have any questions, please contact our clinical team. You can click the Need Help button on the bottom right corner on our website or send us an email. We are here for you. 

Participate in a Clinical Trial: A Guide for Patients2020-07-12T14:13:35+00:00

Battling cancer through clinical trials

What’s New in Clinical Trials for Cancer Patients?

Clinical trials are a safe way to gain access to patient care alternatives that are being evaluated by top companies and health care organizations – they offer novel and potentially life-saving treatments to participants before those treatments become available on the open market. Understanding clinical trials is key to participating and possibly benefitting from these groundbreaking treatments.

So, what’s different these days?

Virtually everything is new in clinical trials: the drugs, science, innovation, and devices used in clinical trials are state-of-the-art. More importantly – a lot of the thinking around clinical trials has gone through a massive evolution , as well – you can now participate in trials earlier in your course of treatment than when was previously possible, which means that you can act more quickly to significantly improve your health. The control of which trials to use, and when, is now shifting toward the patient. It’s now up to you, or you, together with your doctor, to examine your options and decide when to take advantage of which trial, and you don’t have to wait as long as you used to. Clinical trials are not just a last resort!

Will I get better?

When it comes down to it, drugs in clinical trials are the most innovative and advanced drugs out there. The goal is to make you healthier. Current research points to excellent outcomes for clinical trial patients, surpassing the standard of care in many cases. That’s why doctors and patients today are encouraged to look at clinical trial opportunities at every step of the patient journey, starting immediately after diagnosis.

What about a placebo?

Placebo is rarely used on its own in oncology trials, and in the vast majority of cases, is used in addition to the standard of care. It is extremely rare for a patient in a clinical trial to receive placebo by itself.

Advanced Care

Quite simply, you get more TLC as a clinical trial patient – pharmaceutical companies and trial sponsors provide you, as a clinical trial participant, with the closest follow-up, monitoring, and supportive care, to ensure accurate assessment of treatment. This means you get the highest level of care available.

What’s the advantage of using TrialJectory?

We promise to make finding a clinical trial that suits you easier, not harder.

We understand what it means and feels like to be a cancer patient, and our goal is to help you get better – it’s as simple as that. We handle patient data with the utmost care and compliance and we are constantly improving our advanced algorithmic matching system to serve both patients and the innovative companies that aim to help them.

We have a database of more than 18,000 recruiting clinical trials. We use precise patient profile information you provide so that we can give you a personalized list of trials that match your profile. You’ll see options right away. With TrialJectory, you’ll find your match in about five minutes and get on your way to wellness.

Battling cancer through clinical trials2020-07-12T14:14:01+00:00