It’s time to rethink clinical trials in a post-pandemic world

Becky Stephens is more than willing to go to great lengths for a miracle. With a diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer and chemo treatments that weren’t working, she was desperate for hope—and found it in a clinical trial. 

So, the mother of three started making the often, four-hour round-trip trek from Santa Rosa to UCSF Medical Center every two weeks to participate. But the travel was tough. Aside from the cancer treatment leaving her exhausted, the long car trips were wearing on her. 

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