This post is part of our SWOG Stories series, a collection of diverse perspectives from doctors, recruiters, members, patient advocates, and others across the Group. You can listen to all of these wonderful conversations here

“Our prayer, every day, is that patients learn to advocate for themselves. Ask more questions. Because we did not know to ask for a clinical trial.”

– Amy Blanford

In a conversation captured by StoryCorps Chicago, Craig and Amy Blanford speak with Craig’s oncologist, Dr. Ian Thompson. This piece details Craig’s journey with bladder cancer, from diagnosis to treatment, and how a clinical trial changed his life.

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