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Questions to Ask Your Research Nurse or Physician

About Clinical Trials in General

  • Why do researchers believe the new treatment being tested may be effective?
  • Has the trial been tested before? Has it been reviewed and approved?
  • Who is sponsoring the clinical trial?
  • What will happen to the information received from my participation?

Decision Making

  • What are the possible short- and long-term risks, side effects, and benefits for me?
  • How could the clinical trial affect my daily life?
  • Can I be put in touch with other people in this clinical trial?
  • Will I have any problems (physical, financial, and/or emotional) if I withdraw from the trial?

Financial Concerns

  • Will I have to pay for any treatment, tests, or other charges?
  • What is my health insurance likely to cover?
  • Who can help answer any questions from my insurance company or managed-care plan?

About Your Treatment Therapy

  • Are there standard treatments for my type of cancer?
  • What drugs will I be taking?
    •  Why have you chosen these particular drugs for me?
    • What are the drugs supposed to do?
  • How do the possible risks, side effects, and benefits (both long-term and short-term) in the clinical trial compare with standard treatment?
  • What kinds of treatments, medical tests, or procedures will I have during the clinical trial?
    • Will they be painful?
    • How do they compare with what I would receive outside the clinical trial?
  • Where will my treatment take place? Will I have to be in the hospital? If so, how often and for how long?
  • How will I know if the treatment is working?
  • Will I be able to see my own doctor? Who will monitor my care?
  • What kind of support in the community is there for me and my family?
  • What are the precautions or restrictions during treatment? After treatment?
  • What side effects should I report to the doctor or the nurse immediately?
  • Can I continue normal activities (work, sex, sports, etc.) during treatment? After treatment?