Cancer patient takes part in clinical trials, hopes to help

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – Phyllis Peterson has spent her life helping others.
The 83-year-old had a career as a certified nursing assistant. She raised four children. And when she learned her ovarian cancer had returned, she opted for a clinical trial rather than another round of chemotherapy.
“My mother wants to help other people,” said Peterson’s daughter, Wanda Walker. “If it can help younger women to not be poisoned with heavy chemo, then that’s what she wants her legacy to be.”
Fortunately for Peterson and Walker, who has been by her mother’s side throughout her treatment, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center now has more opportunities for patients to participate in trials without leaving Clark County.