Cost for clinical trials?


Question from Gilley: I would be interested in taking part in a clinical trial sometime (when other treatments have been used up), but I live in Canada. There are few clinical trials in my area. Would I have to pay to get involved in a clinical trial somewhere in the U.S.?
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. Often times, the actual treatment on a clinical trial is provided at no cost. But what is generally the case is that women or their insurers are charged for the standard treatment costs for the care that would otherwise have been given if the women were not in the trial. There are some places, though, where it may be possible to receive care on a clinical trial without a great deal of expense, and one of those places might be the National Cancer Institute in the U.S.

Editor's Note: See Breastcancer.org's section on Clinical Trials for more information.

On Wednesday, September 17, 2003, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Metastatic Breast Cancer. Musa Mayer, Eric P. Winer, M.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about treatment and quality of life issues related to advanced (metastatic) breast cancer.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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