Is there a trial for me?
Your doctor might recommend a clinical trial to you, or you might find out about a trial on your own. Use the Patient Resources links on this page to start your search. You can also find information about clinical trials by visiting the websites of medical institutions that are conducting the trial, such as Mayo Clinic.
All trials have guidelines about who can be included. This helps trials produce reliable results. Ask your doctor if a clinical trial is an option for you. Patients should know as much as possible about a clinical trial. You should feel comfortable asking your healthcare team questions about it. Good questions to discuss with them include:
- What is the purpose of the trial?
- Who is going to be in the trial?
- Why do researchers believe the study drug being tested may work? Has it been tested before?
- What kinds of tests and treatments are there?
- How do the possible risks, side effects and benefits in the trial compare with my other treatment options?
- How might this trial affect my daily life?
- How long will the trial last?
- Who will pay for the study drug?
- What type of long-term follow-up care is part of this trial?
- How will I know if the study drug is working? Can I get results of the trial?
- Who will be in charge of my care?
- "Cancer Clinical Trials." National cancer institute, National Institutes of Health [learn more]
- "Clinical Trials, A chance to try new therapies." Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic, 02 Jul 2011. Web. 10 Aug 2012. [learn more]
- National Cancer Institute, "Clinical trials take place in phases." Taking part in cancer treatment research studies. National Institutes of Health, 2007. Web. 10 Aug 2012. [learn more]
- "Joining A Clinical Trial. "MD Anderson Cancer Center. MD Anderson, n.d. Web. 10 Aug 2012. [learn more]