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What Should I Know Before I Decide to Be Part of a Clinical Trial?

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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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