Clinical trials: Questions to ask

Clinical trials: Questions to ask

With thanks to the team at for compiling this comprehensive list of questions to ask when thinking about joining a clinical trial.

Every advance in cancer treatment in recent years has come out of a clinical study. Without clinical trials, new therapies could not be approved, so clinical trials are essential for advancing medical progress.

Trials offer several potential benefits for patients who participate, including gaining early access to innovative medications before they hit the market. Unfortunately, for patients who consider trials, the process can still be confusing and full of new jargon and topics.

This list is intended to help patients and their loved ones when considering clinical trial options. It includes questions you should ask about in terms of the trial design, the risks / benefits, the treatments / procedures, the impact on your personal life, the costs, and the post trial procedures, in order to support your decision making process on whether to participate.

You can bring this checklist along when you meet with the clinical trial team, or you can keep it in mind when you’re searching for relevant trial options so you can make sure to find something suitable not just for your medical situation, but also that fits in with your life and treatment plan overall.

You can download this list along with space to take notes by clicking here.

The information and content provided on this page is intended for information and educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice.

Reviewed July 2021

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