Clinical Trials

Getting involved in a trial:
Why consider a clinical trial?

Deciding whether to take part in a clinical trial can be very difficult. You might consider a clinical trial if:

Standard treatments are no longer working for you
There is no proven treatment available for the type or stage of your disease/condition
You want to explore other options not offered through standard treatment
You want to help further medical knowledge and help others with your disease/condition

Before making any decisions, be sure that you understand how the clinical trial will proceed, what you can expect from the treatment, and what your responsibilities are if you participate. Also ask yourself these questions:

Why do I want to take part in a clinical trial?
What are my expectations about the new treatment?
Are my expectations realistic?
What are the possible benefits and risks if I participate?
What are the possible benefits and risks if I choose standard treatment or no treatment at all?
Do I fully understand and accept the possible risks involved?
Have I considered all of my treatment options?
Have I asked anyone besides my doctor for advice?

In phase I or phase II of a treatment trial, you’ll have the opportunity to try a new treatment while helping researchers understand how well the treatment is tolerated.

In a supportive care trial, you’ll help researchers find new ways to improve the quality of life for all people who have your condition/disease. Supportive care trials test new treatments for the symptoms of your condition/disease and the side effects of conventional treatments. New treatments may range from medications and nutrition to support groups and complementary therapies. Supportive treatments target problems like pain, fatigue, nausea, weight loss and depression.


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