Deciding Whether to be a part of a Clinical Trial

This may be a very tough and worrisome question. The answer will not be the same for everyone.

Most people are concerned about taking part in a clinical trial because they're not sure what it will mean for them. Get as much information as you need to make the choice that's right for you. Each clinical trial has benefits and risks. Before deciding to be in one, you need to have all your questions answered. Make a list of questions, take notes, or even have a family member or friend with you to help remember the answers and think of other questions. Some questions may not have clear answers as each person's situation is different.

There are a few questions to consider, but these are not the only questions to ask.

  • Why do I want to take part in a clinical trial?
  • What are my goals, and how realistic are they?
  • Do I have all the information I need to make an informed decision?
  • Have I weighed the benefits against the risks?
  • Who will have my personal and medical information?
  • How much will this cost me?
  • What is my doctor's opinion about my future if I decide to take part (or not) in this clinical trial?
  • Have I looked at my other options?