McKay-Dee Hospital Cancer Center participates in select cancer clinical trials because they are vital in discovering new treatment options and making technological advancements. To be considered for participation in clinical trials, patients have usually exhausted other treatment options or have a rare and specific type of cancer.
When considering clinical trial participation keep these things in mind:
- Clinical trials have very strict guidelines; make sure you have read them carefully before joining
- Although you may leave the trial at any time, it’s not suggested you join a clinical trial if you aren’t committed to staying for the duration
- Clinical trials vary in length; if you join, other plans such as vacations or work schedules should accommodate the trial
- Consider the possible benefits and make sure they outweigh the possible side effects and risks
- Clinical trials may drastically affect your daily life; be sure you’re mentally prepared for the shifts in daily routine
- Find out if you’ll have to pay for any of the treatments and what costs your insurance will cover
- Learn about the treatments involved and how the doctors will know if they’re working
Depending on the clinical trial phase, you may be one of the first to receive treatment. Many cancer patients have experienced great success from being among the first to receive a new treatment.
Even if you’re chosen to participate in a clinical trial, you may be part of the control group and receive a placebo. Being part of the control group varies in terms of treatments received. They may continue to receive the same treatment they were having before joining the clinical trial or they may not receive any treatment at all. When assessing the risks and benefits of being part of a clinical trial it’s important to find out what treatment the control group receives.
If you would like to be considered for participation in a clinical trial you can talk with your doctor or visit the National Cancer Institute to find a trial.
For more information about the clinical trials offered at McKay-Dee Hospital, call the Cancer Research Center at McKay-Dee Hospital (801)387-7428, or (801)387-7426.