As with any important decision, you should take time to talk to your teating physician and discuss and think through the advantages and disadvantages of taking part in a clinical trial. You should never feel pressured into entering a study. It is your choice.
To make sure you are fully informed about participation, you should:
- ask your treating physician if he/she may be able to connect you with someone who is currently enrolled or has been in a clinical trial and who is willing to share their experience
- discuss your thoughts with friends and family
- refer to other reliable sources of information, such as patient support (advocacy) groups
- ask questions
Armed with the facts, you can decide whether or not to take part in medical research if you are eligible for a clinical trial, helping to shape your future and possibly future treatments for other patients living with serious diseases.