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Weigh the risks

Any medical treatment carries potential risk, and clinical trials are no exception. Trial patients should be mindful of the chance of harm occurring, or the degree of harm.

Examples of risks:

  • Possible side effects from the medication, from minor and unpleasant to serious complications requiring medical attention
  • Finding the trial more demanding and time-consuming than regular care
  • Being required to alter or abstain from the treatment you were receiving prior to the trial
  • Discomfort associated with additional medical tests and procedures

The benefits and risks vary from one trial to another. Ask the trial’s staff which of the benefits and risks above may apply to the trial you‘re considering.