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    What You Should Know

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    Things You Should Know about
    Participating in Clinical Trials

    You are a unique individual, with unique needs. As you think about your treatment options, whether you are considering a clinical trial or not, remember that you are not alone. Your family, friends, clergy, doctors, nurses and social workers can help you. Ultimately, whatever treatment you choose is YOUR decision, but they can help you weigh the pros and cons of all options.

    “I encourage anyone with a cancer diagnosis to consider being in a clinical study” – Veres Rieger, clinical trial participant

    Will I be treated like a "guinea pig"?

    You are not a guinea pig. Your health care and treatment will be closely monitored. You will be informed throughout the clinical trial process. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. Taking part is voluntary. You may choose not to take part or may leave the study at any time.

    Will I receive a placebo?

    Placebos (also known as sugar pills) are rarely used in cancer clinical trials and never used to replace a treatment.

    Will my health insurance cover the costs?

    Thanks to a California law, cancer clinical trials are nearly always covered by insurance.

    Aren't clinical trials only offered as a "last resort"?

    A clinical trial is one of the final stages of a long and careful cancer research process. Before a new drug or treatment can be offered in a clinical trial it must first go through testing. Only promising new drugs or treatments will then go through the clinical trial process.