Clinical trials are studies in which people of all ages can volunteer to join. Doctors use clinical trials to study the safety and benefits of new ways to treat patients, or how to prevent diseases in the first place. They also help study ways to manage symptoms of diseases or side-effects from treatments. All new treatments need to show they are effective through a clinical trial before the FDA approves them. The results of a clinical trial can make a major difference to patients and their families.
Taking Part in a Clinical Trial
People of all ages can volunteer to join a clinical trial. According to Cancer.org, a new cancer drug has been studied for at least 6 years before it makes it to clinical trials, however clinical trials study all parts of medicine, not just cancer. To search for information on clinical trials for a urologic condition, or in a specific geographic area, view the Clinical Trials Resource Center.
Clinical Trial Questions to Ask
There are many questions you may want to ask if you're thinking about joining a clinical trial. If you want to join a clinical trial, ask your doctor if there's one you can join. If the doctor offers you a clinical trial to join, consider asking questions about risks and benefits of the trials, as well as questions about costs and your rights as a group member in the trial. Visit Cancer.org's webpage for a list of questions you should ask your doctor about clinical trials.
How to Pay for a Clinical Trial
According to Cancer.org, there are two types of costs associated with a clinical trial: patient care costs and research costs. Patient care costs are related to your treatment and are often covered by health insurance. Research costs are related to taking part in the trial and usually are not covered by health insurance, but may be covered by the trial's sponsor. Examples include the study's drug, or lab tests. Visit Cancer.org's webpage on paying for clinical trials to learn more.
Locating a Clinical Trial
Visit the Clinical Trials Resource Center to search for more information on locating a clinical trial for a urologic condition, or for a specific geographic area.