If you are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial, here are some questions that can help you decide.
Note: Only a doctor can refer and enrol you in a clinical trial. Find information on how to arrange a referral »
About the trial
- What is this trial about and why is it being done?
- What is required of me if I choose to participate?
- Why do the doctors who designed the trial believe that the treatment being studied may be better than standard treatment? Why may it not be better?
- How long will I be in the trial?
- What is the study schedule and what procedures are involved?
- What are the possible side effects or risks of the new treatment?
- What are the possible benefits?
- How will we know if the treatment is working?
Will I have to pay for any of the treatments or tests?
- What costs will my provincial health insurance cover?
- Will I have to pay for treatment for any side effects?
- 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 to take part?
- What are my other treatment choices, including standard treatments?
- How does the treatment I would receive in this trial compare with the other treatment choices?
- Will I have extra tests and procedures because I am in a study (compared to if I was not in the study)?
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Adapted from National Cancer Institute