Deciding to be part of a clinical trial is very personal. As you're considering your choices, it can be helpful to ask the doctors doing the trial the following questions:
- Why are you doing this trial?
- Why do you think this new treatment will be effective?
- What phase is this trial?
- Has this treatment been tested before?
- What were the results of any previous trials?
- Can I talk to someone who's already in the trial?
- Who is paying for the trial?
- What are the possible treatments I can get? How often are they given?
- What types of tests will I have to have and how often will I have to have them?
- How will being part of this study affect my daily routine?
- What side effects am I likely to have?
- Will my treatment be free? Will my insurance cover any of the cost? Exactly what will I have to pay for?
- How long will the trial last?
- Is long-term follow-up care part of the trial? What does it involve?
- If the treatment works for me, can I continue to get it after the trial is done?
- How do I get the results of the trial?
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