Clinical Trials

Getting involved in a trial:
What questions do I need to ask about a clinical trial?

Before you decide to participate in a clinical trial, make sure you know everything you can about the study and your other treatment options. Ask your doctor or the research team as many questions as it takes to get the information you need. Follow the links below for:

  1. Questions to ask about the clinical trial
  2. Questions to ask about the treatment
  3. Questions to ask about the possible benefits and risks of participating in the study

Also take a look at tips for talking to your doctor about clinical trials.


Questions to ask about the clinical trial:

What is the name of the study?
  Who’s funding it?
  Who reviewed and approved it?
What is the purpose of the study?
What is the new treatment?
  Why do researchers think the new treatment is better than the current treatment?
How might the new treatment help me?
What phase is the study in?
How long will the study last?
How is patient safety being ensured?
Can I talk with other patients in the study?

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Questions to ask about the treatment:

What do researchers already know about the treatment?
What are my other treatment options?
  How does the new treatment compare to them?
What kind of treatments and tests will I have during the study?
What side effects can I expect from the treatment?
  How will side effects be dealt with?
Where will I receive the treatment?
  Will I be hospitalized?
Who will be in charge of my care?
  Whom do I call if I have questions?
  Whom do I call in case of emergency?
  What are my responsibilities to the study?
How will the study affect my daily routine?
How will the treatment affect my quality of life?
What happens if I leave the study, if I’m removed, or if the study is stopped?
Can I still receive the new treatment after the study ends?

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Questions to ask about the possible benefits and risks of participating in the study:

What are the possible short-term and long-term benefits of the treatment?
What are the possible short-term and long-term risks of the treatment?
How do these benefits and risks compare to my other treatment options?
Given the type and stage of my condition/disease, what is likely to happen if I participate in the study?
  What is likely to happen if I don’t participate?
What happens if the treatment harms me?

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Tips for talking to your doctor about clinical trials

When you talk to your doctor or the researcher team about participating in a clinical trial, you may want to:

bring a list of questions to ask
take notes
tape record the meeting, even if you’re taking notes
bring a family member or friend for support

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