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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Will I have to make additional trips/visits?

    All clinical trials monitor patients closely, which may mean extra visits. For specific information, contact the research coordinator.

    Will I be treated here, or can it be done locally?

    Some clinical trials may have other locations closer to your home. Talk with your nurse or doctor to see if there are other locations for the trial for which you qualify. For specific information, contact the research coordinator.

    Will I be paid mileage/hotel costs?

    Some trials have travel cost coverage. For specific information, contact the research coordinator.

    How many people have been on this study?

    The research coordinator or doctor on this study will be able to answer your question. Every clinical trial is different. For specific information, contact the research coordinator.

    What are side effects of the treatment?

    The doctor or nurse working on this study will be able to answer this question.

    Is this trial going to help me?

    We don't know if you will benefit from being in this study. However, we hope that, in the future, other people might benefit from this study because of the knowledge gained about your kind of cancer. For specific information, contact the research coordinator.

    Have there been other trials using this drug?

    If the trial is a phase II or III, the drug has been used in other studies involving people. In phase I trials the drug has been used in the laboratory on animals. For specific information, contact the research coordinator.

    Will insurance cover this?

    Talk with your insurance company. Insurance companies decide which services they will pay for by having rules regarding each specific service. Generally, the most important factor in deciding whether something is standard or investigational is the company's judgment as to whether the service is established or research. Insurance companies will say a service is established if there is a certain amount of scientific fact to show that the service is safe and effective. If the insurance company does not think that there are enough facts, the company may say the service is research. For specific information, contact the research coordinator.