There are a number of benefits to taking part in a cancer trial and some potential drawbacks.
These can vary between trials.
If you agree to take part in a trial, these will be explained to you in detail before you give your written consent to participate.
- You may be among the first to benefit from the latest cancer treatments that are not yet available through the health service or another means.
- Experienced consultants and cancer researchers will oversee your medical care.
- Your health care and response to treatment will be closely monitored during and after the trial.
- You will be making an important contribution to finding better ways to detect and treat cancer.
- You do not have to pay for treatments or tests (such as scans) that you receive, which are outside of your normal standard of care.
- You may not always receive the new treatment, or the new treatment may not prove to be any better than treatments currently available.
- Even if a new treatment is effective for some patients, it may not work for you.
- Treatments can have side effects and new treatments may cause side effects not previously known to doctors.
- Extra visits to the hospital may be needed.