Clinical Trials Patient Looks on the Brighter Side of Life

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Harding

We saw George Harding go through a regular check up at Northstar Lodge in Yakima with his doctor, Tom Boyd.

Nine years ago, harding was diagnosed with a form of low-grade Leukemia.

"I was kind of going downhill, downhill, downhill," said Harding, "I lost enthusiam to do much of anything."

Three years ago, Harding was chosen to take part in the cancer center's clinical trials program, and has been a regular since then.

"[You] just come in on a Wednesday or Thursday, whatever your date is, You get a shot, you get your drugs, you get everything else on a clinical trial, and the clinical trial pays for it," said Harding.

The center says it offers clinical trials at every stage of cancer; offering the latest  in technology and drugs to help manage the disease.

It says it's made this program a priority, working with states all across the country, from New York down to California."

"This means that we can keep up," said Doctor Tom Boyd, "Even though we're in a small town, we're able to bring research opportunities and treatment opporunities that might not be available even elsewhere in the state in some instances."

The center's doctors actively search patient rosters for potential clinical trial candidates, for George Harding, the last three years have given him a new outlook on life.

"Northstar Llodge has kept me alive for 9 years, this is the way I feel," said Harding, "I feel good, I feel like I'm going to make it."