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Introduction to Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials: Questions and Answers
(Reviewed: 05/19/2006) - This fact sheet covers types of clinical trials, who sponsors them, how they are conducted, how participants are protected, and who pays for the patient care costs associated with a clinical trial. Includes some questions to ask a health care provider before entering a clinical trial. National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet 2.11

What Is a Clinical Trial?
(Posted: 01/10/2000, Reviewed: 04/08/2008) - A basic description of the reason for, and the kinds of, clinical trials.

Should I Take Part in a Clinical Trial?
(Posted: 08/30/2001, Reviewed: 04/08/2008) - A discussion of the risks, benefits and participant protections associated with a patient's enrollment in a clinical trial.

Should I Take Part in a Cancer Prevention Trial?
(Updated: 07/27/2004) - A discussion of the pros and cons of participating in a cancer prevention trial.

How Do I Take Part in a Clinical Trial?
(Posted: 01/10/2000, Reviewed: 04/08/2008) - A discussion of such factors as a patient's eligibility for a trial, trial locations, and paying for patient care costs.

Participating in a Trial: Questions to Ask Your Doctor
(Posted: 08/30/2001, Reviewed: 04/08/2008) - Anyone considering a clinical trial should feel free to ask questions. Here are some suggestions.

How Is a Clinical Trial Planned and Carried Out?
(Posted: 01/10/2001, Reviewed: 04/04/2008) - In order to make a decision about participating in a clinical trial, it helps to know how trials are conceived and run.

Protecting Participants in Clinical Trials
(Posted: 08/30/2001, Reviewed: 05/01/2006) - A collection of material about the ways in which clinical trials participants are protected before and during the conduct of a study.

NCI-Supported Cancer Clinical Trials: Facts and Figures
(Posted: 12/18/2000, Updated: 03/28/2006) - Answers to some frequently asked questions about the National Cancer Institute's clinical trial enterprise.

Ten Things to Know About Cancer Treatment Trials
(Posted: 01/10/2000, Reviewed: 12/23/2003) - A list of the ten basic facts about clinical trials.

Eleven Things to Know about Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials
(Posted: 01/10/2000) - Some basic facts about cancer prevention trials.

Cancer Imaging Clinical Trials
Discusses what cancer imaging trials are and why they're important.

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