1. There Are Many Benefits From Participating in a Trial
Clinical trials are extremely important scientific studies. The investigation of new medical treatments for diseases like prostate cancer needs clinical trials, which are required by the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess new medical treatments. The benefits are shared by investigators and patients, who gain access to new treatments, to expert medical care, to free treatment or reduced costs, and who hep advance science and, therefore, other patients.
Read more about the possible pros and cons of clinical trial participation here.
2. Ask Questions Before Accepting to Participate in a Trial
Regardless of the benefits, it is normal for prostate cancer patients to feel insecure about participating in a clinical trial. Therefore, it is important for them to ask all the right questions, which should be answered before enrolling in any clinical trial. There are some key questions about the trial itself and about the treatment, 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.
Read about key questions to ask before participating in a prostate cancer clinical trial here.