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Never Giving Up Hope is POWER

Luz Cardenas

So is knowing that UC San Diego Health System is a national leader in clinical trials for cancer.

As a home healthcare assistant, Luz Cardenas does a lot of heavy lifting. So when she started feeling tired all the time, she thought it was just her job. It turned out she had leukemia. In fact, when she showed up at UC San Diego Health System, her platelet count was off the charts. Luz needed a bone marrow transplant, and fast. One of her sisters was a perfect match, but after two attempts, the cancer came back. Unfazed, her doctor told Luz about a clinical trial at UC San Diego involving a new cancer drug. Overcoming her fear, Luz decided to try it. She’s been in remission ever since–and thankful for the power of academic medicine.