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What are risks of clinical trial for prostate cancer?

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The new treatment may not work as well as standard treatments.

There's also a risk of side effects from the drug the clinical trial is testing. You won't know ahead of time if those side effects are worse than those of your current treatment.

SOURCES:

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Making a Decision."

American Cancer Society: "Clinical Trials: What You Need To Know."

CancerCare: "Prostate Cancer."

Scher, H. , September 2012. New England Journal of Medicine

UCSF Medical Center: "Prostate Cancer Research."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 21, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Making a Decision."

American Cancer Society: "Clinical Trials: What You Need To Know."

CancerCare: "Prostate Cancer."

Scher, H. , September 2012. New England Journal of Medicine

UCSF Medical Center: "Prostate Cancer Research."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 21, 2019

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