Advantages and disadvantages of clinical trials
There are advantages and disadvantages to taking part in a pancreatic cancer clinical trial and these may vary, depending on the trial. If you do find a suitable trial, think about the possible advantages and disadvantages and discuss these with your doctor or nurse. This will help you to decide if the trial is right for you.
- You may have access to new treatments.
- There may be fewer side effects compared to the standard treatment.
- You may have more regular tests, which some people find reassuring.
- You will be given a research nurse.
- You may help to improve future pancreatic cancer treatments and medical knowledge.
- The new treatment may not be any better than your current treatment.
- There may be more side effects compared to the standard treatment.
- The trial may not be available at a convenient location.
- You will have to stick to the trial schedule and may have to go to hospital more often for tests and treatment, which can be inconvenient.
- You may not like the uncertainty of not knowing whether you are taking a new drug, the standard treatment, or a placebo.
Find out as much as possible about the trial to help you to decide if you do want to take part. You can leave a clinical trial at any time, without it affecting your care.
Published July 2018
Review date July 2021