14 questions to ask about clinical trials

The National Cancer Institute says the answers to these questions can help you decide whether to participate in a clinical trial. Ask your health care provider:

  • Why is this trial being done?
  • Why do the doctors who designed the trial believe that the treatments being studied may be better than the standard treatment? Why may it not be better?
  • How long will I be in the trial?
  • What kinds of tests and treatments are involved?
  • What are the possible side effects or risks of the new treatment?
  • What are the possible benefits?
  • How will we know if the treatment is working?
  • Will I have to pay for any of the treatments or tests?
  • What costs will my health insurance cover?
  • How could the trial affect my daily life?
  • How often will I have to come to the hospital or clinic?
  • Will I have to travel long distances to take part?
  • What are my other treatment choices?
  • How does the treatment I would receive in this trial compare with the other treatment choices?
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