Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Today’s standard treatments first began as yesterday’s clinical trials. If an investigational therapy tested in a clinical trial is helpful, you may be among the first to benefit. Taking part in a research study gives you access to new drugs and interventions before they are widely available.

Benefits of Participating in a Clinical Trial

  • Standard treatment offers little chance of cure or long-lasting remission
  • No standard of care exists
  • Standard treatment is highly toxic or standard treatment will likely result in serious long-term or late effects
  • Rare type of brain tumor
  • Previous treatments failed to work
  • Patients have access to new treatments before being widely introduced
  • Prevent recurrence of disease
  • Playing  an active role in the patient’s health care
  • Patients receive expert care at leading medical institutions
  • Patients play a valuable role in medical research with the potential to help other patients facing similar health challenges

Risks of Participating in a Clinical Trial

  • There is the potential for side effects that may be unpleasant, serious or even life-threatening.
  • The treatment may not be effective or produce the desired result.
  • Participation in a trial may involve a greater time commitment than pursuing non-trial treatment.

Brain Tumor Clinical Trials

If you have just found out that you have a brain tumor or your tumor has recurred, research all the available treatment options – including clinical trials – before making any treatment decisions.

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