The Next Breakthrough Could Be Yours

Clinical trials offer patients access to promising new treatments that might not be available anywhere else. Find out what our patients have to say about their experiences participating in clinical trials and how the treatments being tested have offered them hope and healing.

Wanda Suggs

a woman sits on a wooden bench in her backyard with a Chihuahua on her lap

The next time you find yourself at a Friday night dock party at Crosby’s Fish and Shrimp, singing along to Lowcountry band Wildflower Station’s rendition of “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” take a look at singer Wanda Suggs.

You'll see a woman who loves singing, who met her husband while bowling and doesn’t let him win, who put a pool table in her front room so her nephews would have an activity besides video games when they came over, who put in a solid 36 years with the U.S. Postal Service and who is living a fairly normal life – despite multiple myeloma – because of a clinical trial at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

“I know it's cancer, but I’ve had many friends go through breast cancer, and their chemo is just so bad,” she said. “And I've been blessed because mine hasn’t been like that.”

Read Wanda's story

Tony Pesavento

Tony Pesavento stands outside with a garden path behind him

After multiple treatments for recurring laryngeal cancer were unsuccessful, Marine veteran Tony Pesavento enrolled in a Phase I clinical trial testing a new drug combination for advanced cancers. That proved to be the decisive factor in his battle against cancer and he remains cancer free ever since completing the trial in early 2019.

“I’m living proof that if cancer research didn’t exist, I probably wouldn’t be here. That’s why I believe it’s important to continue conducting research to keep discovering more modernized ways to combat cancer and any other number of diseases.”

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Kerry Hardy

Hardy and his wife, Beth, dancing

When Kerry Hardy was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2015, he wondered if he’d get to see his children graduate college, get married, and have children of their own. After putting out feelers to find the best doctors and treatments available, Hardy sought care from Hollings.

Thanks to an immunotherapy clinical trial, his tumor shrunk by nearly 30%, and he has now been stable for several years. He was able to serve as the best man in his son’s wedding — a day many doctors never expected he’d get to see.

“To say I’m ecstatic is an understatement. If you could see me, you’d never know that I have been sick.”

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Samuel Jackson

Dr. Brian Greenwell and Samuel Jackson sit in an exam room with masks on

The reason I decided to go with Hollings Cancer Center's trial for mantle B-cell lymphoma was due to gaining six years extra versus three, a total of nine possible. Dr. Greenwell made a point that my health is first priority. I can only hope and pray others would take advantage of this trial.

Samuel Jackson, lymphoma patient

Samuel Jackson wearing a mask

Learn more about the clinical trial in which Samuel enrolled and how it holds promise for extending remission for patients with a rare form of lymphoma.

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