Clinical Trials: Pros and Cons
Making an Educated Choice
While a clinical trial is a good choice for some people, clinical trials have possible benefits and drawbacks. You can always stop participating in the clinical trial at anytime. Here are some Pros and Cons to consider:
1. Cancer clinical trials offer high-quality cancer care. In cancer clinical trials if you do not receive the new treatment being tested, you will receive the best standard treatment. This may be as good as, or better than, the new approach.
2. If a new treatment approach is proven to work and you are taking it, you may be among the first to benefit.
3. By looking at the Pros and Cons of cancer clinical trials and your other treatment choices, you are taking an active role in a decision that affects your life.
4. You may have the chance to help others and improve cancer treatment.
1. New treatments in cancer clinical trials are not always better than standard care. You may have side effects that medical care providers do not expect or that are worse than those of standard treatment.
2. Even if a new treatment has benefits, it may not work for you. Even standard treatments, proven effective for many people, do not help everyone.
3. If you receive standard treatment instead of the new treatment being tested, it may not be as effective as the new approach.
4. Health insurance and managed care providers do not always cover all patient care costs in a clinical trial. Talk to a financial counselor to find out in advance what costs are likely to be paid in your case.
Should you participate in a Cancer Clinical Trial? The Best Choice is an Educated Choice. If you have any questions talk to your physician or nurse today.
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