Deciding whether to participate in a clinical trial as part of your cancer treatment is an important decision. Trials can offer state-of-the-art techniques capable of treating your cancer more effectively, provide you with high-quality medical care, and allow you to contribute to future cancer research. Clinical trial treatments can also be associated with unwanted side effects or fail to produce the desired effect on your disease.
The first step is to identify the ACRIN clinical trials related to your specific health concerns that are being conducted in your geographic area. Consulting with your doctor as well as family and friends regarding the study descriptions in this section can help you weigh the advantages and disadvantages and decide if participation is a good option for you. The online resources provided in this section can also help you learn more about the experience of participating in a clinical trial.