What are the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial?

Benefits participants may receive during clinical trials:

  • Play an active role in their own health care
  • Gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available
  • Expert medical care at leading health care facilities during the trial
  • Help others by contributing to medical research

Risks participants may face during clinical trials:

  • Potentially unpleasant, serious or even life-threatening side effects
  • May not be effective
  • May require more time and attention than non-protocol treatment, including trips to the study site, greater numbers of treatments, hospital stays or complex dosage requirements