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Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Clinical Trials

Here are some questions to ask your doctor to help you determine if a clinical trial is right for you.

  • What is the purpose of the trial?
  • What phase is the clinical trial?
  • Why would the clinical trial treatment be better than treatment being used now?
  • How long do I have to decide whether I want to participate in a clinical trial?
  • How does the clinical trial treatment work to treat my brain or spine tumor?
  • What are the criteria used to determine if I am eligible for the trial?
  • How do you evaluate if the treatment is working?
  • How often would I need to have imaging or MRIs?
  • How long is the treatment given?
  • How will I be informed of the results?
  • If the treatment isn’t work, can I stop the trial?
  • Can I stop participating in the trial at any point I choose?
  • What procedures are required as part of the clinical trial?
  • If the clinical trial is a drug therapy, how is the drug given (pills or IV)?
  • How often do I have to be seen in the clinic or hospital as part of the trial?
  • Can I be part of the clinical trial at a location closer to my home?
  • What are the known side effects?
  • How are side effects managed?
  • Are there other health risks with participating in the trial?
  • How could the trial affect my daily life?
  • What are the costs to me for participating on this trial?

We encourage you to print these questions and bring them with you to your appointment.

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