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Clinical Trials 101

How To Choose A Clinical Trial When More Than One Is Available

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If more than one clinical trial appears to be available for your situation, check the eligibility details of each trial to be sure you are indeed eligible. For instance, even if your health situation fits the trial requirements, you may not be eligible because of treatments you already tried.

Once you are sure that you are eligible for more than one trial, to help make a decision:

  • Speak with your health care team. Ask their opinion about:
    • The pros and cons of each trial
    • Which he or she would recommend, and 
    • Why.
  • If there is still any question about which trial is best for you, get a second opinion from another specialist who has experience with your particular health condition. If necessary, get the opinion from a doctor who is not near where you live. You may not have to travel to the doctor. It may be enough to send medical records and speak on the phone.
  • Check with the disease specific non-profit that advocates on behalf of patients. A person may be available to speak with you or chat with you on line one-on-one. 


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