Patient-to-Patient: What to Expect in a Clinical Trial
Janet Freeman-Daily, patient advocate and CURE contributor, discusses some key points that patients should know about enrolling in clinical trials.
Freeman-Daily says that clinical trials are especially important for patients like her who have metastatic lung cancer, for which there is currently no cure but a number of options and clinical trials that may benefit patients.
Before joining a clinical trial, patients should know their risk and understand the difference between each of the three phases of clinical trials. Also, patients should never think that they may not be treated in a clinical trial. Even if randomized to placebo, they will always get the best standard of care.