Cancer patients who are considering participation in a clinical
trial, the informed consent form is a critical part of the decision process for
any patient considering participation in a cancer clinical trial. It outlines the
potential risks and benefits of participation in a clinical trial.
The most important point to remember about informed consent in
any medical research is that it is not simply a signature on a document.
Rather, informed consent is an ongoing process of communication, involving the
patient and caregivers and key members of their medical care team.