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Things to Think About

All treatments may have both benefits or risks.

You may feel curious when contemplating participation in a clinical trial. Here are some things to think about before you decide to take part.

Possible Benefits of a Clinical Trial

  • You may get a new treatment that is not yet open to people outside of the study.
  • The research team will watch you closely.
  • If the treatment being studied is better than the standard treatment, you may be first to benefit.
  • The trial may help scientists learn more about cancer and help people in the future.

Possible Risks of a Clinical Trial

  • The new treatment may not be better than, or even as good as, the standard treatment.
  • New treatments may have side effects that your doctors do not expect.
  • You may have to make more visits to the doctor than if you were getting standard treatment.
  • There may be extra costs for these additional visits, such as travel or child care.
  • You may need more tests, and some could be uncomfortable or take a lot of time.
  • Even if a new treatment works in some patients, it may not work for you.
  • Insurance may not cover all patient care costs.