Frequently Asked Questions About Clinical Trials

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What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a research study conducted with people to find better ways to prevent and treat cancer.

What is a prevention trial?

Prevention trials are a recent addition to clinical research. The trials could someday provide the means to reduce the incidence of cancer, delay its onset, or reduce cancer-related death and disability. Some prevention trials aim to prevent cancer in people with medical conditions that may lead to cancer or to prevent a second cancer in people successfully treated for one cancer. Prevention research is particularly important in cases of special risk for cancer, such as a family history of the disease.

If I decide to participate in a clinical trial, what will happen?
A specially trained Community Clinical Oncology Program nurse will discuss the trial in detail with you and provide a consent form to sign if you are interested and eligible to participate. Informed consent means that as a patient, you are provided information to better understand what is involved in a trial, including its potential benefits and risks, and then decide freely whether to take part. Informed consent is a key part of a good trial.

If you decide to participate in a trial, your WCCOP nurse will schedule and arrange any treatments and tests needed and maintain communication among you, your physician and other staff needed for your care, and national experts conducting the study.



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