Should I participate in a clinical trial?
When you need treatment for cancer, you may want to think about joining a clinical trial.
Like all treatment options, clinical trials have possible benefits and risks. During the trial, investigators aim at keeping this risk as low as possible.
POSSIBLE BENEFITS / RISKS
Direct advantage when the new drug turns out to be better than the standard treatment, but the new drug can also turn out to be only better for a certain subgroup of patients.
In some cases, you will have access to a new treatment that is not available to people outside the trial although the benefit of this treatment is already well demonstrated
The new drug could be associated with worse outcome compared to the standard treatment.
Adverse events that are unknown at the start of the trial can emerge when you are participating in the trial.
WHAT IS "INFORMED CONSENT"?
When you are participating in a clinical trial, you must give explicit permission for the participation in the trial including receiving the treatment and reporting the outcome. This permission is given through an “informed consent”. Based on the discussion with your doctor, the information on the potential advantages and risks for adverse events, and your personal disease burden, you will have to outweigh the possible advantages and disadvantages of participating in a clinical trial. Ultimately, the decision to participate in a clinical trial remains a choice of the patient.