Clinical Trials

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If you’re interested in taking part in clinical trials, you may need to be the one who speaks up first. Don’t wait for an invitation, let your interest and desires be known. Just because your doctor doesn’t mention or know of a study, doesn’t mean it’s not out there. The Journal of Oncology Practice published a 2011 survey: 44% of 213 trial-eligible cancer patients didn’t recall discussing trials with their doctor. There may, or may not be a clinical trial going, and it may or may not be the right fit for you.You won’t know until you ask.

It’s not just a matter of finding a trial, you need to know what that entails for you. According to The National Cancer Institute and The American Cancer Society, here are some questions you may want to ask before you jump into risks and benefits of a trial. They are taken from the website below:

Why does the research team think the experimental treatment will work?

Who has reviewed and approved the trial?

Who is sponsoring and funding the trial?

Will some of the trial participants receive a placebo rather than active treatment?

What are the treatments, scans and other procedures participants can expect to undergo? Which ones are experimental  (specific to the trial) and which are normal care?

What are the short-term and long-term benefits and risks to the treatment?

Who will supervise the participant’s therapy?

What expenses, if any, will the insurance provider or the participant have to pay?

Where is the study site, and how often will participants have to visit it?

How long will the study last?

How will the study affect the participant’s daily life?

There should be a phone number listed with the clinical trial summary. Call and ask to speak to the research team directly. They’ll able to tell you if you meet the study criteria.

For the related article to the above questions: CureToday


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