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- What Is a Clinical Trial?
- What Are the Different Types of Breast Cancer Clinical Trials?
- What Are the Advantages of Participating in a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial?
- What Are the Disadvantages of Participating in a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial?
- Who Looks Out For Me if I Decide to Enroll in Breast Cancer Clinical Trial?
- What Happens if I Join a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial?
- Who Can Participate In a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial?
- What Is it Like To Participate in a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial?
- Important Questions to Ask Before Taking Part in a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial
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Who Looks Out For Me if I Decide to Enroll in Breast Cancer Clinical Trial?
Clinical trial participants are willing volunteers. Even though patients may be asked by their physicians to take part in a clinical trial, it is up to you to make the final decision. However, there are many safeguards in place to look out for the welfare of volunteers. These safeguards can't guarantee that you won't have complications, but they try to reduce risk as much as possible.
What Happens if I Join a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial?
Before you take part in any research study, you will be asked to give informed consent to participate. Informed consent means that as a patient, you are given all available information so you can understand what is involved in a specific clinical trial. The physicians and nurses conducting the study will explain the treatment to you, including its possible benefits and risks.
You will be given an informed consent form to read and consider carefully. Before signing, be sure you find out as much as possible about the clinical trial, including what risks you may face. Ask the physician or nurse to explain parts of the form or the trial that are not clear. (See the section, "Important Questions to Ask".)
You are free to decide whether or not you want to take part in the trial. If you decide to participate, you will sign the consent form. If you do not want to participate in the trial, you may refuse. If you choose not to participate in the trial, your care will not be affected in any way.
Your signature on the informed consent form does not bind you to the study. Even if you sign the form, you are free to leave the trial at any time to receive other available treatments.
The informed consent process is ongoing. After you agree to participate in a breast cancer clinical trial, you will continue to receive any new information about your treatment that may affect your willingness to stay in the trial.