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What problems may arise from participating in a clinical trial?

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This will depend on the type of treatment and the patient's condition.

Because the drug or device being studied is new, all of the risks and side effects of the treatment are not known at the beginning of the clinical trial. Since this is the case, there may be unknown side effects, as well as hoped-for benefits. It is important to note that most treatments, as well as the disease or condition itself, have potentially unpleasant effects.

Patients will be informed of any known side effects they could experience, as well as any side effects that occur or become known while they are participating in the trial.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 28, 2017

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