Studies of promising new or experimental
treatments in patients are known as clinical
trials. There are some risks to
participating in clinical trials. No one
involved in the study knows in advance
whether the treatment will work or exactly
what side effects will occur. (Keep in mind,
though, that even standard treatments have
side effects.) Depending on various factors,
you may decide that a clinical trial will be
beneficial in your case.
To find out more about clinical trials, ask
your cancer care team. Among the questions
you should ask are:
• What is the purpose of the study?
• What kinds of tests and treatments does
the study involve?
• What does this treatment do?
• What is likely to happen in my case with,
or without, this new research treatment?
• What are my other choices and their
advantages and disadvantages?
• How could the study affect my daily life?
• What side effects can I expect from the
study? Can the side effects be controlled?
• Will I have to be hospitalized? If so, how
often and for how long?
• Will the study cost me anything? Will any
of the treatment be free?
• If I am harmed as a result of the
research, what treatment would I be entitled
• What type of long-term follow-up care is
part of the study?
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