Questions to Ask

Before agreeing to participate in a clinical trial, you should be sure you understand your role as a participant, and have all your questions answered. Here a few things you should be sure to ask your study doctor or nurse:

Why is this clinical trial being done?

Understand why your doctor thinks this treatment may be more effective than the standard.

What does the new treatment involve?

Understand how the treatment is given to you.

What is expected of me as a participant?

Ask about doctor visits, questionnaires, length of time involved in participation, blood draws, testing, and hospitalization.

What are the potential benefits?

Understand what benefits participation may have for you, and why this may be better than the standard treatment.

What are the risks and side effects?

Understand the risks associated with the treatment and what kind of potential side effects you may experience.

How does the new treatment compare with the standard treatment?

Ask how being part of this clinical trial will differ from your standard treatment.

What will it cost?

Ask about the cost of the treatments and testing and what will be covered by the study and your insurance.

What are my other options?

Know all of your treatment options and how they differ from the treatment you receive on trial before choosing to take part in the study.

Clinical Trial Resources for Cancer Patients

National Cancer Institute (NCI) 
1-800-4-Cancer (1-800-422-6237)
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American Cancer Society (ACS):
1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)
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University of Hawaii Cancer Center
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