Most Frequently Asked Questions
Each trial has guidelines that determine if a person can take part in it.
One set of guidelines is called “inclusion criteria.” You must meet the criteria to join a trial.
The other set is called “exclusion criteria.” These would prevent you from joining a trial.
The group paying for the study is called the sponsor. The sponsor often provides the new treatment at no cost to the participants. The sponsor may also pay for special testing or extra doctor visits. Some sponsors may also cover transportation costs. Your costs for joining a trial can vary.
You will be watched very closely. Perhaps even more closely than if you were not in a trial.
you may be the first to benefit from the new treatment if it is found to be helpful.
The standard treatments available today are the result of people participating in clinical trials.
All treatments have side effects, and the new treatment may have risks or side effects that the doctors did not know about.
The new treatment may not be as effective as standard care, or may not be effective at all.
The new treatment may not work for you, even if it has worked in others.