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.