Should I participate in a clinical trial?

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Essentially, taking part in a clinical trial, is entirely your choice. However, if you’re unsure about whether or not you’d like to take part in a clinical trial, we have gathered some information that you might find useful.

clinical trial patient and doctor What is a clinical trial? 

Clinical trials are common in medicine and are the way in which knowledge progresses. There are three (clinical) stages a drug (or other treatments) needs to pass through before it comes available as a standard, accepted treatment. Before a drug can be used as part of a trial, it will have been researched in a laboratory and tested for many years.  

Why are clinical trials important? 

Clinical trials are a way of testing medicines and treatments to see what does and doesn’t work, the results from a clinical trial also inform future research 

What are the benefits of taking part in a clinical trial? 

Clinicians studying chemical elements in laboratory

What are the downsides of taking part in a clinical trial? 

How can I take part in a clinical trial? 

If you decide that you would like to take part in a clinical trial, you should speak to your specialist nurse or oncologist. They will be able to let you know about the trials that currently being undertaken in your specialist centre and whether you are eligible to participate.

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