Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know

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Summing it all up

Clinical trials can offer benefits for many people with cancer. These may include access to newer or more treatment options, getting more involved medical care, and having a greater sense of control over one’s situation. But by their nature, clinical trials involve some possible risks and downsides, too, and they may not be right for everyone. Your decision on whether to look into or enter a clinical trial should be based on a realistic understanding of the possible risks and benefits.

If you’re thinking about taking part in a clinical trial, there are many groups, including the American Cancer Society, who can help guide you through the information needed to make your decision.

Last Medical Review: 09/25/2014
Last Revised: 10/31/2014