Frequently Asked Questions

There are many potential benefits to participating in a clinical trial, including:

  • Access to new treatments that may not be available otherwise.
  • The opportunity to help others by contributing to medical research.
  • Financial compensation for participation.
  • Health Insurance coverage for duration of trial
  • There are also some risks associated with participating in a clinical trial, including:
    • The possibility of side effects from the new treatment.
    • The possibility that the new treatment will not be effective.
    • The possibility that the new treatment will cause harm.
  • To find out if you are eligible to participate in a clinical trial, you will need to talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you find clinical trials that are right for you.
  • Usually there is no financial cost of trials on participants. The costs involved in participating in a clinical trial vary depending on the trial. Most of the trials usually provide compensation to the patients.
  • As a clinical trial participant, you have certain rights, including:
    • The right to be informed about the trial and its risks and benefits.
    • The right to withdraw from the trial at any time.
    • The right to confidentiality.
    • The right to compensation for injuries sustained during the trial.
  • All clinical trials have guidelines spelling out who can participate. These are called eligibility criteria. The factors that allow you to participate in a clinical trial can include age, gender, the type and stage of your disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions.
  • Following eligibility criteria helps us keep you safe and ensures that researchers learn the information they need.