Why are they being asked to participate in a clinical study?

  • The cancer treatments that exist today were found to be more successful than
    past cancer treatments because previous patients have participated in clinical
    studies.
  • Patients with cancer are living longer with a better quality of life thanks to the
    participation of others.
  • It is important for people of all ages, genders, races, and stages of cancer to
    participate in order to learn about more effective treatments.

Benefits of participating in a clinical study

  • They will get the latest medicine for cancer treatment.
  • They may be watched more closely by your doctor.
  • They may help future patients.
  • They may have a shorter or longer period of treatment (and fewer or more doctor’s
    appointments).

Downsides of participating in a clinical study

  • They may have different side effects from the clinical study than from the standard
    treatment.
  • To see what other downsides may exist for your particular treatment, ask their
    doctor and refer to the clinical study consent form.

Participation is voluntary

Their health care provider will talk to you about the opportunity to be in a clinical study;
however, it is their choice. If they decide to be in a research study, they are able to leave
the study at any time. This decision will not harm their relationship with their healthcare
team in any way.