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Taking Part in Cancer Treatment Research Studies

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This booklet is for people with cancer who are thinking about joining a clinical trial, which is a research study that involves people.

This booklet explains:

  • How clinical trials take place in a series of steps, called phases
  • How your rights are protected
  • The process of randomization and why it is important
  • The benefits and risks of taking part
  • Questions for you to think about and discuss with your doctor
  • How to find a clinical trial

By looking closely at all your treatment options, including clinical trials, you are taking an active role in a decision that affects your life. This booklet can help you talk with your family, friends, and doctor and make a decision that is right for you.

The information in this booklet was last updated in November 2016.