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    What are the Benefits and Risks?

    There can be potential benefits and risks to taking part in a clinical trial. How a treatment will work for a person in a trial can't be known ahead of time. Even standard treatments, although effective in many patients, do not carry sure benefits for everyone.

    Possible Benefits:

    The new drug or method being studied may be more effective than the standard treatment. People taking part in clinical trials may be the first to benefit from the new drug or method under study. Participants also have the chance to improve cancer treatment and help others.

    Possible Risks:

    The new drug or method being studied may not be more effective than the standard treatment. No matter which you receive, standard treatment or a new research drug or method, both can have possible side effects.

    “I was a participant in a clinical trial for breast cancer in 2005. I feel very fortunate and proud to have been in the program, and I strongly encourage others to consider participating in a clinical trial. Trials offer cutting-edge treatment that may not only help you but also help others for years to come.”
    – Susan Swartz