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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

The choice of whether to enter a cancer clinical trial is up to you, and your medical team can help you weigh the options. Remember no question about your care is unimportant. These questions can help guide your discussion.

  • Who can participate in this cancer clinical trial?
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
  • How do the potential benefits compare to other cancer treatment options?
  • What are the trial’s tests and treatments?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • How will the trial and its possible side effects affect my daily life?
  • Are there treatments to help alleviate side effects?
  • Will my insurance company cover my costs?
  • Who will monitor my care and safety?
  • Who will review the information collected during the cancer clinical trial?
  • Will I be hospitalized? If so, how often and for how long?
  • Will I be able to see my own doctor? Who will be in charge of my care?
  • How often will I need to visit a physician’s office?
  • What support will be available for me and my caregivers during the trial? Can I talk to other people in the trial?
  • What is the long-term follow-up care?