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What Are the Risks?

Before taking part in a clinical trial, talk to your doctor about some of the risks involved with your treatment. For example:

  • New drugs or treatments may not be any better than the standard care they are being compared to.
  • New treatments may have side effects that are not expected.
  • If you are in a randomized trial, you will not be able to choose if you are getting the new treatment or the standard approach.
  • Health insurance may not cover all your costs.
  • You may be required to make more frequent visits to the doctor.