Questions about Clinical Trials

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Deciding whether to participate in a clinical trial is an important choice that you should make only after consulting with your loved ones and your doctor. But first, you should understand what is involved in a clinical trial.

Write down all the questions you have and any concerns of your family members. Through your own research and discussions with your doctors, make sure all of your questions are answered. Then you can be confident that you are ready to make an informed decision.

Here are some questions that you should consider. Click on each question for answers.

• What is a clinical trial?

• How do I know whether I can participate in a clinical trial?

• What are the chances a clinical trial will cure me?

• Why should I participate in a clinical trial?

• What are the possible benefits and risks?

• Will I get paid to participate?

• Will my insurance pay for my participation?

• What happens during a trial?

• Can I quit a clinical trial after it has started?

Last modified: Jan 24, 2012
More Clinical Trials Resources

• Find clinical trials at this government registry and results database of federally and privately supported studies in the U.S. and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov

• Clinical trials basics about finding a trial, questions to ask and information for volunteers and health-care providers. National Institutes of Health

• National Cancer Institute's comprehensive resource covering results, funding, research and searching for clinical trials. Cancer.gov

• American Cancer Society offers a worksheet, a video, a free matching service to help patients find clinical trials and a toll-free phone number to answer your questions. Cancer.org

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