Questions to ask about clinical trials

Listed below are some questions that may be helpful when talking about clinical trials:

  • What’s the purpose of the trial?
  • What treatments or tests does the trial involve?
  • What treatments or tests will I have if I do not join the trial?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of joining the trial?
  • What are the possible side effects of the treatment or tests being studied in the trial?
  • What are the possible side effects of the treatments or tests I will have if I do not join the trial?
  • What follow-up tests will I have if I join the trial?
  • Have the treatments been used before to treat other types of breast cancer?
  • Have the treatments been used before to treat other cancers?
  • Can I leave the trial at any time?
  • Are there any costs involved if I join the trial?