Questions to Ask Before Participating in a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial

Questions to Ask Before Participating in a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial
There are several key questions that a participant will want answered before enrolling in a clinical trial. Many are listed here, but patients should feel free to ask study coordinators any additional questions they may have, to ensure their concerns are well-addressed before the trial starts. It is important for a study participant to learn as much as possible prior to entering a trial, and to thoroughly discuss the study with a doctor and with the study team.

Questions About the Trial

Clinical trials vary greatly. Each trial is designed in a way that best allows its researchers to determine the particular goals or endpoints under study for an experimental therapy, such as a new drug in development. Since clinical trial designs are highly customized, it is important to ask the right questions in order to determine if the trial is a good fit. Each patient, too, has individual health needs and considerations. Here are examples of questions you might ask a study team:
  • How long will the trial last?
  • What are the advantages of participating in this trial?
  • What are the possible disadvantages of participation in this clinical trial?
  • When do I need to decide whether I want to participate in the trial?
  • What are the eligibility criteria?
  • If I am not eligible, can you recommend other options?
  • In addition to the experimental treatment, what other treatments are offered in the trial?
  • What are the chances of my being in a comparator group, and receiving a placebo or other treatment?
  • How frequent are the study visits?
  • How long do the study visits last?
  • Where do study visits take place?
  • What tests are performed dur
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