Patient participation in cancer research through clinical trials is voluntary and a personal decision. Clinical trials are closely monitored and follow strict guidelines, informing interested patients about the risks and benefits before deciding whether to take part in a study.
Your cancer doctor can advise you about your eligibility to participate in clinical studies. Disease type, overall health, age and other individual factors determine your eligibility.
Potential benefits include:
- Access to new drugs before they are available to the public
- Close monitoring of your progress
- A more active role in your healthcare
- You may be among the first to benefit if the approach to cancer treatment being studied is found to be beneficial
- The opportunity to make a valuable contribution to cancer research
Potential risks may include:
- New drugs may have side effects or risks unknown to the doctors
- New drugs may not work or may not work as well
- Even if a new approach has benefits, it may not work for you