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Clinical Trials

Why participate in a clinical trial?

There are many reasons why people volunteer to participate in clinical trials; participation creates an opportunity for researchers of drug or device companies to improve the quality of life for many women. Through clinical trials participants can help in the development of treatments for health conditions and have access to investigational treatments before they become widely available.

If you are interested in participating in clinical trials, you will undergo a screening process to determine if you qualify for the trial. This usually involves a series of questions related to your health, the medications you take and possibly your lifestyle. If after screening eligibility to participate in the clinical trial is confirmed, staff conducting the trial will provide you with more details about your participation and answer any questions you may have. They will also ask you to review and sign an informed consent document. No research is ever conducted without your consent.

To help determine if a clinical trial is right for you, you should consider the following:
  • What is the purpose of the clinical trial?  What do researchers know about this investigational treatment?

  • How are trial results and study participants' safety being monitored?

  • How long will the clinical trial last?

  • What would my responsibilities be if I participate in the clinical trial? What benefits are possible in the long-term?

  • What are the short-term risks, such as side effects? Are there any possible long-term risks?Will I be able to take my regular medications while participating in the clinical trial?

  • How do the tests in the clinical trial compare with the standard tests for my condition?

  • Will there be any painful or unpleasant treatments? If so, how long will they last?

  • Will I have to pay for anything related to the trial, such as medical tests or drugs? If so, what are the charges likely to be? What will my health insurance cover? What if I don’t have health insurance?

  • What treatment would I receive if I did not join the clinical trial?

  • Can I leave the clinical trial if I want to do so?


Click here to access a list of active clinical trial studies.

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