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Should I Participate in a Cancer Clinical Trial?

How to Find a Clinical Trial

If you are interested in learning more about possible cancer clinical trials that may be suited for you, first check with your healthcare provider. He or she can help you understand more about these studies and help you find one that is right for you. Don't forget that it's not just major cancer centers in big cities that participate in clinical trials; even smaller hospitals in smaller towns participate.
The National Cancer Institute also has a Web site ( where you can do an online search for possible clinical trials in your area that may fit your particular situation.
When looking at a clinical trial, some questions you may want to ask include:
  • What will happen during the clinical trial?
  • What is the purpose of the trial?
  • How will my safety be ensured?
  • What are the benefits and risks?
  • Will a clinical trial make me unable to have other treatments?
  • What are the costs that won't be covered by insurance?
  • Where will the clinical trial take place?
  • How often are treatments and follow-ups?
  • How long does the trial last?
  • How long will it take to find out if the treatment is working?
Having as much information as you can get will help you make a decision about whether a clinical trial is right for you and your particular situation.

Is It Right for You?

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a terrifying and overwhelming experience. However, taking an active part in your treatment and getting as much information as possible about all of your options can help you take control of the disease, rather than letting it control you.
If you want more information about participating in a clinical trial, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can help you get information about how to find a trial that's right for you and whether you would benefit from participating in one.
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