Benefits and risks of clinical trials
The decision to join a clinical trial is similar to making decisions about other aspects of your treatment. There are both pros and cons associated with clinical trials. Some people decide that there are too many risks, while others decide that they are willing to take those risks to try a new treatment.
Here is how participating in a clinical trial can help you:
You may gain access to new treatments that are not available to the public.
You will get expert medical care at leading health care facilities during the clinical trial.
You will be helping others by contributing to medical research.
Here are some of the potential risks:
There may be side effects from medications or treatments.
The treatment may not work.
The clinical trial may require more of your time for trips to the study site, treatments, hospital stays, or complex dosage requirements than would be required for a standard treatment.
The new treatment may not be available to you right away once the clinical trial is finished.
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