Questions to Ask

It’s normal to have a lot of questions. Here are some questions you may want to ask a member of your health care team before you decide.

About this trial

  • Why is this trial being done?
  • How long will I be in the trial?
  • What kinds of tests and treatment will I receive?
  • What are the possible side effects or risks of the new treatment?
  • What are the possible benefits of the treatment?
  • How will we know when the treatment is working?
  • Who is my trial care team?
  • What information will be shared with me?
  • How will my information be kept private?
  • What are my rights?


  • Will I have to pay for any of the tests or treatments?
  • What costs will my health insurance cover?

Daily Life

  • 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 far to take part in the trial?

Comparing Treatment Options

  • What are my other treatment choices, including standard treatments?
  • How does the treatment I would get in the trial compare with other treatment options?