QUESTIONS TO ASK

Don’t hesitate to ask questions of your doctor, research nurse, and the rest of the trial team. You might want to print this list and take it with you to your next appointment. You can also use it to help you think about what you might want to ask.

In general, the list below may be similar to what you might ask your doctor about any treatment they want to give you.

WONDERING WHETHER A TRIAL MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • What are my treatment options?
  • How will these options impact my ability to join a clinical trial later?
  • Am I a candidate for a clinical trial?
  • If I participate in a clinical trial, will I need to go somewhere else to be treated?
  • Am I limited to trials offered by this institution?
  • Would you still be my doctor?
  • Do you know of any clinical trials that would be appropriate for me?
    If a particular trial is mentioned, skip to the next set of questions.
  • If you were me, knowing what you know, would you join a trial?
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THINKING OF JOINING A TRIAL RECOMMENDED BY YOUR DOCTOR?

  • How does this treatment work?
  • What will my participation entail?
  • What are the possible benefits?
  • What are the side effects?
  • If I weren’t in this trial, what treatment would you recommend for me?
  • Do you think that what’s being offered in the clinical trial is as good or better than what you’d offer me if I decide not to participate in the trial?
  • Would you still be my doctor?
  • Would I need to travel anywhere?
  • Will my insurance help cover costs?
  • Is there financial assistance available?
  • If you were me, knowing what you know, would you join this trial?
  • Will participating in this trial impact future treatment decisions?
  • What tests are required before joining the trial?
  • Is there anything I need to do before we start?
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INTERESTED IN JOINING A TRIAL YOU FOUND ONLINE?

  • Are you familiar with the _________________ trial?
    Note that you will need to provide your physician with at least one of the following details: 

    • ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT#___________ (this is typically the best information to provide)
    • Principal Investigator
    • Sponsor

IF NO:

  • Would you mind looking into it and letting me know what you think of it?

IF YES:

  • What do you think of it?
  • Would I be a candidate for it?
  • Do you feel it would be a good path for me? Why or why not?
  • What does the treatment actually involve?
  • How does the treatment work?
  • What are the possible benefits?
  • What are the side effects?
  • If I don’t pursue this trial, what would you recommend for me?
  • Is there a different trial you’d recommend?
  • Do you think what’s being offered in the clinical trial is as good or better than what you’d offer me if I decide not to participate in the trial?
  • If you were me, knowing what you know, would you join this trial?
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