Questions to Ask About A Clinical Trial?

If you are considering participating in a clinical trial for cancer, you probably have a lot of clinical trial questions.

To help you answer them and understand what a clinical trial entails, every trial has a protocol – a detailed, written action plan, which specifies the objectives and design of the trial, and its eligibility criteria.

Be sure to get a copy of the protocol summary to help answer the following questions:

  • What is the scientific rationale for conducting the trial?
  • What are the objectives of the trial?
  • In what phase is the trial? How many participants will there be?
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
  • What is the intervention, and what is its duration and schedule?
  • What are the possible risks, side effects and benefits?
  • What medical tests and follow-up tests will participants undergo? How often?
  • What are the endpoints (measurable outcomes that indicate an intervention’s effectiveness)?
  • Who is sponsoring the trial?
  • What is the contact information to inquire about the trial?

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