Deciding to Take Part in Hematology and Oncology Clinical Trials

Deciding to Take Part in Clinical Trials - CBC Group

"My participation in the Starr program was not only a benefit to me but for many, many other women who might benefit from this study in years to come."-Judy T., clinical trial patient (2009)

Whenever you need treatment for your cancer, clinical trials may be an option for you. Choosing to join a clinical trial is something only you, those close to you and your doctors and nurses can decide together.

If you are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial, here are some questions that can help you decide.

About the Trial

  • Why is this trial being done?
  • Why do the doctors who designed the trial believe that the treatment being studies may be better than the one being used now? Why may it not be better?
  • How long will I be in the trial?
  • What kinds of test and treatments are involved?
  • What are the possible side effects or risks of the new treatment?
  • What are the possible benefits?
  • How will the doctor know if the treatment is working?


  • Will I have to pay for any of the treatments or tests?
  • 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 long distances?

Comparing Choices:

• What are my other treatment choices, including standard treatments?

• How does the treatment I would receive in this trial compare with other treatment choices?

(Taking Part in Cancer Treatment Research Studies, NIH Publication 07-6249, July 2007)

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