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?
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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