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.
  1. Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me? 
  2. What is the purpose of the research study? 
  3. Will the new drug or treatment be more effective than standard therapy? 
  4. Who is sponsoring the clinical trial? 
  5. Has the study been reviewed and approved? 
  6. What safety procedures are in the clinical trial? 
  7. How long does the trial last? 
  8. What are my responsibilities during the trial? 
  9. What costs will I be responsible for by enrolling in the trial? 
  10. What are the short-term benefits if I participate? 
  11. What are the short-term risks associated with the study? 
  12. What are the long-term risks of the trial? 
  13. What other drug(s) or treatment(s) may be appropriate for my cancer? 
  14. What additional treatments, procedures or tests will be done during the study? 
  15. How do the tests in the trial differ from those I have had previously? 
  16. Does enrolling in a clinical trial affect the medication I currently take? 
  17. How much time will I need to commit weekly to the clinical trial?