Questions to Ask Before Participating in a Prostate Cancer Clinical Trial

Questions to Ask Before Participating in a Prostate Cancer Clinical Trial
There are several key questions that a participant will want answered before enrolling in a clinical trial. Many are listed here, but patients should feel free to ask study coordinators any additional questions they may have, to ensure their concerns are well-addressed before the trial starts. It is important that people learn as much as possible prior to entering a trial, and to thoroughly discuss the study with a doctor and with the study team. Questions About the Trial Clinical trials are highly customized and, for this reason, vary greatly. Each trial is designed in a way that best allows its researchers to determine the particular goals or endpoints under study for an experimental therapy, such as a new drug. Because clinical trials differ, it is important to ask the right questions to determine if a particular trial is a good fit for you. Each patient has individual health needs and considerations. Here are examples of questions you might ask a study team: How long will the trial last? What are the advantages of participating in this trial? What are the possible disadvantages of participation? When do I need to decide whether I want to participate in the trial? What are the eligibility criteria? If I am not eligible, can you recommend other options? In addition to the experimental treatment, what other treatments are offered in the trial? What are the chances of my being in a comparator group, and receiving a placebo or other treatment? How frequent are the study visits? How long do the study visits last? Where do study visits take place? What tests are performed during study visits? Can I go about my daily life while I participate in this trial? Will I need to enter the hospital during the clinical
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