Topic: This time is different??
I have been reading a lot of the new developments, and some of them sound very exciting. However, it seems like the clinical trial process is very slow and it could be a while before some of the treatments clear all the hurdles.
This got me thinking, does it always feel like a break through is "just around the corner," or is this time different, and a break through is fairly close?
So here is a question for everyone, but especially those who have followed this disease for years:
-Thinking about a major break through in the next 3 years. Are you a lot more hopeful now than you have ever been? Or perhaps you are hopeful, but not really more or less hopeful than you have been over the past say 5 years?
Somewhat related question:
-Suppose you are choosing between a lower risk strategy that gave a good chance at 2-3 year survival, or a strategy that was much higher risk, but, if successful, gave a good shot at 5+ years of survival. What would you think about in making that decision?
I think the questions relate because if you thought there was a good shot at a near-term break through, you wouldn't take the treatment risk. However, if you weren't too confident of progress, you might lean towards the higher risk treatment.
Disclaimer: I understand every situation is unique, and I will not consider any comments on this question as a basis for making a treatment decision.
Having said that, I would very much like to hear what people close to the research are thinking in their gut.