Questions to ask

Here are some questions to ask before agreeing to take part in a clinical trial:

  • Why is the clinical trial being done?
  • How will it help me?
  • What kinds of tests and treatments are part of the trial?
  • How am I protected?
  • How could the trial change what I do every day?
  • What will happen to my cancer with or without this treatment?
  • What other treatments could I get if I don’t take part in the clinical trial?
  • What are possible short-and long-term side effects for me and my family to think about?
  • How do the risks and side effects of the standard treatment compare with the treatment being studied?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • Will I have to stay in the hospital during the clinical trial?
  • If I have to stay in the hospital, how often and for how long?
  • How will I be checked after the clinical trial is finished?
  • How long do I have to make up my mind about joining this trial?
  • Who do I contact with questions regarding the trial?
  • Are there any additional costs involved in the treatment?
  • Will I be reimbursed for my travel and accommodation costs if I need to be at the hospital for extra visits?
  • How will I find out the results of the trial?
  • Can I talk to the other patients involved in the trial?
  • Can I leave the trial after it has begun?

Write out a list of your questions and concerns to ask your doctor.

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