Talking to Your Doctor

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If you are interested in participating in a clinical study, it’s important to learn as much as possible about the study and its procedures. A good place to start is by talking to your doctor.

Your doctor knows both you and your medical history and can help evaluate whether you are eligible to participate in this study. Also, he or she will be able to tell if the study protocol may conflict with other medications or treatments you are receiving.

Together with your doctor, you can determine whether participating in a clinical study might be appropriate.

Tips for talking to your doctor about joining a study

  • Consider taking a family member or friend along for support and for help in asking questions or recording answers
  • Plan ahead what to ask—but don't hesitate to ask any new questions you think of while you're with your doctor
  • Write down your questions in advance to make sure you remember to ask them all
  • Write down the answers so you can review them whenever you want

This information is courtesy of Cancer.gov.

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