Taking part in a clinical trial

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

Your participation may help others get a better treatment for their disease in the future and allow researchers to learn more about how diseases can be prevented, identified, or managed.

If the treatment being studied is more effective than the standard treatment, you may be among the first to benefit. Researchers, doctors, and other health care professionals may check your physical condition frequently, giving you regular, careful medical attention, because they need data to make comparisons in a trial.

It may be a way to get an experimental treatment for a life threatening illness that is not available to people outside of a clinical trial.

These are some possible risks of taking part in a clinical trial:
You may experience serious, unpleasant, or even life-threatening side effects.
You may get the standard treatment or placebo instead of the experimental product.
The experimental product may not be better or even as good as the standard treatment for your condition.
You may need extra tests. Some of the tests could be uncomfortable or time consuming.

 

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