Questions to Ask About Trials

October 18, 2016

Here are some questions to ask your doctor to help you determine if a clinical trial is right for you.

  • What is the purpose of the trial?
  • What phase is the clinical trial?
  • Why would this treatment be better than treatment being used now?
  • How long do I have to decide whether I want to participate?
  • How does the treatment work to treat my brain tumor?
  • What are the criteria used to determine if I am eligible for the trial?
  • How is the treatment evaluated and how often do I need to have MRIs?
  • How long is the treatment given?
  • How will I be informed of the results?
  • How is the treatment given? (pills, IV, surgery or procedure required)
  • How often do I have to be seen in the clinic or hospital?
  • What are the known side effects and how are they managed?
  • Are there other risks by participating in the trial?
  • How could the trial affect my daily life?
  • What are the costs to me for participating on this trial?

Make sure you are getting the best care possible by asking your doctor these questions.

We encourage you to download and print this guide and bring it with you to your appointments. 

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.