Entering a clinical trial

Entry into a clinical trial is optional. Your doctor and nurse will provide you with the information that you need to help make your decision. Before you enter the trial you will need to be clear about the following points:

  • Your disease and its possible treatments
  • Side effects of the proposed treatments
  • What the trial involves

This will involve taking in a lot of information. If you feel that you need time to make your decision, you should take it. It is important that you have enough time to make your decision, and do not feel rushed.
In some clinical trials, extra tests and /or extra hospital visits are required. If there are any extra tests or hospital visits required, your doctor or nurse will explain these to you. You may also be asked to complete a questionnaire that asks questions about how you are feeling and how you are coping with your treatment. This provides the researchers with valuable information about the treatment and its effects.

If you agree to enter the trial, you will be asked to sign a consent form. A consent form is signed in formal recognition that you understand what the trial involves and that you have chosen to enter it. Signing the form does not waive your rights.

If you enter the trial and you are unhappy, you can withdraw at any time. You do not have to provide an explanation. We will continue to provide you with the best possible treatment.

If you do not wish to enter the trial, you will be given the standard treatment, that is, the best-proven treatment we can offer.

Hopefully, you now have some idea of what a clinical trial is. If you have any questions or concerns, you may want to write them down. You can use your notes when you see your Research Nurse or Doctor.