Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor or Study Team Before Consenting to a Clinical Trial

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  • What is the purpose of this study?
  • How will a clinical trial help me?
  • What kind of tests and treatments will I have during the study?
  • What should I expect if I do not have this research treatment?
  • What other treatment options are available to me?
  • How will participation in this study affect my daily life?
  • What are the possible side effects of this study treatment? How will it compare with the side effects from standard treatment and the effects of cancer?
  • How long will the study last?
  • Will I have to be hospitalized? If so, how often and how long?
  • Will I have to pay for any costs not covered by insurance or the study sponsor?
  • What type of long term follow-up care is part of the study?
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