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How do I decide if I want to take part in a clinical trial?

 

Your doctor or nurse may tell you about a trial for pancreatic cancer that might be suitable for you. Or you might find out about a trial yourself, for example through our Trial Finder. Talk it through with your doctor to find out if it is suitable for you and whether you are interested in taking part.

You will be given detailed information about the trial, including written information. Make sure you ask about anything you don’t understand, so that you have all the information you need and know exactly what is involved before deciding to take part.

Questions to ask

You might find it helps to make a list of everything you want to ask when you see your trial doctor or nurse. You could include the following questions.

  • Are there any clinical trials that are suitable for me?
  • What does the trial involve?
  • What tests or treatment will I have and how often?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages for me?
  • Are there any potential side effects?
  • Who can I talk to if I have any questions about the trial?
  • What support is available for me during the trial?
  • If the trial involves extra hospital visits, will my travel expenses be covered?
  • Can I leave the trial at any time if I change my mind?
  • How can I get referred for a trial that is not open at my hospital?
  • If I take part in the trial, will it delay me starting treatment?
  • How can I find out about the results of the trial?
  • What treatment will I receive if I choose not to take part in the trial?

What happens if I decide to take part?

Watch our videos about people’s experiences of taking part in a trial

Find pancreatic cancer clinical trials in the UK

What happens with the results of clinical trials?

Watch videos of nurses explaining clinical trials

Published July 2018

Review date July 2021

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