Questions to Ask re Clinical Trials
I have written before about the importance of clinical trials and that we should all consider participating when/if is is appropriate. Everything we know about treatment for breast cancer (or, for that matter, any disease) is based on information gathered in these studies. We stand on the shoulders of all the women who can before us and said "yes" to being in a trial.
This is a new and very helpful list of questions to ask if you are thinking about signing up for a trial As is often the case, this comes from Living Beyond Breast Cancer (www.lbbc.org):
Breast Cancer News
Questions to Ask About Clinical Trials
By Robin Warshaw, for LBBC
This list will help you talk with your doctor or nurse about whether being part of a breast cancer
treatment research study is right for you:
1. What clinical trials (also known as research studies) are available as treatment options for me?
2. What is each study seeking to find out?
3. How does the treatment I would get on the trial vary from the standard, widely accepted
4. What are the potential benefits to me—and possible side effects or risks—of each trial?
5. Why do you think the research study you are suggesting is right for me?
6. Where will I go for treatment?
7. How often and for how long (weeks, months) will I have treatment?
8. Who will be the doctor in charge of my breast cancer treatment and care while I am on the
9. What should I do if I have side effects from the treatment?
10. Will I be taken off the study if the treatment is not working for me?
11. Will the study be stopped if women have serious problems from the treatment?
12. Which doctor will I go to for care after I finish the trial?
13. What company, agency or institution sponsors this study?
14. Are the study costs covered by my insurance or by the trial sponsor? If I have no insurance,
what are my options?
15. May I talk with women who are taking part in the trial or who finished it?
16. How can the study treatment schedule be balanced with my work and family responsibilities?
17. Who will monitor my condition and the effectiveness of treatment during the trial?
18. What can I do if I have questions about study safety or management?
19. How often will I have follow-up exams after the clinical trial? Where will I need to go for those
20. How will I find out about the results of the trial?