What is Informed Consent

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    Your doctor may suggest a clinical trial to treat your cancer. Informed consent is the process of learning the details of a clinical trial in order to make an educated decision about whether or not you want to participate. If you agree to take part in the trial, you will be asked to sign a consent form and be given a copy of the consent for your records.

    You should ask questions about the trial to make sure you understand what is involved. The research team will explain the key facts of the study:

    • The purpose of the study
    • The procedures for the study, such as frequency and timing of visits
    • The risks and benefits of the study
    • Your right to leave the study at any time
    • Your right to learn about all your treatment options
    • Your right to learn about all treatments and tests involved in the study
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