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The advantages of being in a trial

Women discussing trials

This page discusses the advantages of being in a trial.

We can't necessarily assume that a new treatment is better than standard treatment. We don't know whether it is, which is why the new treatment is being tested in the first place. But there are advantages to taking part in a trial, including

  • You may get a new treatment that works, that you could not get outside the trial
  • You could be helping to improve cancer treatment for future patients

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Many people find this reassuring. Some people find it makes them more nervous and preoccupied with cancer. Only you know how you feel about this. The tests and check ups you need to have will be explained to you before you decide to enter the trial.

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Updated: 10 October 2013