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

If you hear about a clinical trial or are offered one, always talk it through with your consultant first. It is important that you have all the information you need, and that you know exactly what is involved in the trial before deciding to take part. 

Questions to ask

You will probably have lots of questions – you might find it helps to make a list of everything 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?
  • Can I withdraw from the trial at any time if I change my mind?
  • How can I find out about the results of the trial? 


Published April 2016

Review date April 2018

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