Everyone has heard different stories about clinical trials- some of these are just made up while others are true and in many ways, these can have bearing on your decision on whether to participate. Take a look at some of the myths and facts that you may want to take into consideration:
MYTH: Clinical studies aren’t safe. If I sign up, I’d surely be gambling my health.
FACT: There are a number of measures in place that help protect the safety of those who participate in these studies- there is careful study design and oversight byvarious institutional review boards. Independent experts periodically monitor study data. Clinical study participants also receive careful ®ular medical attention. They are closely observed for any safety concerns.
In the course of the study, researchers at Trials and Clinical Researchare also required to inform you of new risks (if any)/side-effects they discover. If you are part of a Phase-III clinical study, you also have the chance to get treated with new medication that is not typically available outside the study. If it’s better than any other regular therapy, you could greatlybenefit from it.
MYTH: I should agree to be part of a clinical study only in case my illness or condition has been proven to be impossible to cure/ if there aren’t any other treatment options outside a study.
FACT:Certain clinical studies are specifically reserved for patients who have not responded toother treatments for that particular disease. However there are a number of studies that are open to you in other situations as well. Some studies look at preventing diseases in high-risk patients while others focus on methods of detecting and diagnosing diseases. Some studies also focus on preventing the recurrence of diseases in patients who are in remission
MYTH: In clinicalstudies, patients might be given therapy that is known to actually be ineffective.
FACT: Placebos, that don’t contain any known active ingredients, are typically used in research – they control for what is called the placebo effect; the expectationis that this intervention will work. Placebos are rarely used in clinical trials for serious illnesses like cancer.
Benefits and Risks
Before you sign up for any clinical trial, the center will provide you details about all the benefits and risks of the treatment and you are also required to sign an informed consentform before joining. For more information about the type of trials we have, call Trials and Clinical Research on (786)-243-6615. You can also contact us via this online form.