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Clinical trials and colorectal cancer

You might want to talk to your doctor about clinical trial options as part of your treatment plan. 

Finding a clinical trial can be intimidating, but we are here to help you explore your options and help you prepare a list of possible trials to discuss with your doctor.

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Types of clinical trials

The list below explains different types of clinical trials.

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Questions to ask yourself

Before you join a clinical trial, there are some things to consider. Ask yourself the following:

  • Why do I want to participate?
  • Am I willing to participate if I’m not getting the new treatment?
  • Do I want to participate even if I do not benefit but others who follow may?
  • Do I understand the risks and benefits and that I can opt out at any time?
  • Do I have the time and resources to participate, including travel and childcare costs?
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Questions to ask your doctor

It's important to talk to your doctor about joining a clinical trial. Below is a list of questions that you should go over together:

  • What types of clinical trials are available for my cancer?
  • What exclusion and inclusion criteria might make me a good
  • What kinds of therapies, procedures, and/or tests will I have?
  • How do the tests in the trial compare with those I would have outside of the trial?
  • Will I be able to take my regular medications while participating in the trial?
  • Where will I have my medical care and who will be in charge of my care?
  • What are my possible short-term benefits and long-term benefits?
  • What are the short-term risks (such as side effects) and possible long-term risks?
  • Who can help answer any questions from my insurance company or health plan?
  • Can I talk to other people in the study?

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