Questions You May Want to Ask Your Doctor About Clinical Trials
If you are participating in a clinical trial or you want to learn more about clinical trials, you may want to consider asking some of the following questions.
- Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me?
- What is the purpose of the research study?
- Will the new drug or treatment be more effective than standard therapy?
- Who is sponsoring the clinical trial?
- Has the study been reviewed and approved?
- What safety procedures are in the clinical trial?
- How long does the trial last?
- What are my responsibilities during the trial?
- What costs will I be responsible for by enrolling in the trial?
- What are the short-term benefits if I participate?
- What are the short-term risks associated with the study?
- What are the long-term risks of the trial?
- What other drug(s) or treatment(s) may be appropriate for my cancer?
- What additional treatments, procedures or tests will be done during the study?
- How do the tests in the trial differ from those I have had previously?
- Does enrolling in a clinical trial affect the medication I currently take?
- How much time will I need to commit weekly to the clinical trial?