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What questions should I ask my doctor before doing an immunotherapy clinical trial?

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If you’re thinking about joining an immunotherapy clinical trial, you probably have many questions for your doctor or the research team. Make sure these are on your list.

  • Who will be in charge of my care while I’m in the trial?
  • How do I know if the treatment is working?
  • How can it help me?
  • What happens if I decide to leave the trial?
  • Will I have to pay for any of the treatments or tests?
  • How often will I have to come in for treatment or tests?
  • What are my other treatment choices?

SOURCES:

Cancer Research Institute: “About Clinical Trials,” “Should You Participate?” 

National Cancer Institute: "Deciding to Take Part in a Clinical Trial,” "Insurance Coverage and Clinical Trials,” “Paying for Clinical Trials,” "Phases of Clinical Trials,” "Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Treatment Clinical Trials," “What Are Clinical Trials?” “Where Trials Take Place.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Cancer Research Institute: “About Clinical Trials,” “Should You Participate?” 

National Cancer Institute: "Deciding to Take Part in a Clinical Trial,” "Insurance Coverage and Clinical Trials,” “Paying for Clinical Trials,” "Phases of Clinical Trials,” "Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Treatment Clinical Trials," “What Are Clinical Trials?” “Where Trials Take Place.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

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