What are the potential benefits of participating in a clinical trial?
You may gain access to new drugs and other treatments, sometimes years before they are widely available.
You will be monitored closely for any side effects.
You will have the chance to take an active role in your own healthcare.
You will be making a valuable contribution to cancer research.
What are the possible risks of participating in a clinical trial?
The treatment might not work.
The treatment might cause serious side effects.
Even if a new approach helps some patients, it might not help you.
What are the chances I will get a placebo?
A placebo in cancer treatment is most commonly used when a standard treatment is available to patients and we want to compare that standard treatment to a new treatment.
Do I have to pay to be in a clinical trial?
Typically, the patient or his or her insurance company is asked to pay for any routine tests, treatments, or procedures that would be required as part of standard cancer treatment. Before you join a clinical trial, you will receive an informed consent document that spells out exactly what you’ll have to pay for and what you won’t.
At FWMOH, we have on-staff financial counselors who can help you manage any insurance and financial questions related to clinical trials.
How do I know if I’m eligible to join a clinical trial?
Following eligibility criteria helps us keep you safe and ensures that researchers learn the information they need.
At what point during my treatment can I join a clinical trial?
Can I quit a clinical trial?
Are clinical trials safe?
FWMOH’s IRB includes doctors, nurses, statisticians, community advocates, and others who make sure that each clinical trial is ethical and that your rights are protected. All institutions that conduct or support biomedical research involving people must, by federal regulation, have an IRB that approves and periodically reviews the research to ensure your safety.
Once the trial is approved by the IRB, the organizers of the study must follow a careful plan, called a protocol, that describes exactly what will happen during the study. You will know the full details of the protocol prior to joining any clinical trial.
What does the “phase” of a clinical trial mean?
What is informed consent?
If you want to participate, you will sign a consent form that details all of the information that has been discussed with the research team. You will be able to take that form home and refer to it at any time. Even though you have signed the consent form, you still have the right to leave the study at any time and for any reason.
Informed consent continues throughout the trial. This will give the research team an opportunity to update you on the progress of the trial as well as any side effects or other risks that have been identified.