NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Stages I and II Breast Cancer, Version 1.2014
Joining a clinical trial has benefits.
First, you’ll have access to the most current
cancer care. Second, you will receive the best
management of care. Third, the results of your
treatment—both good and bad—will be carefully
tracked. Fourth, you may help other patients with
Clinical trials have risks, too.
Like any test or treatment, there may be side
effects. Also, new tests or treatments may not
help. Another downside may be that paperwork or
more trips to the hospital are needed.
To join a clinical trial, you must meet the
conditions of the study.
Patients in a clinical trial are often alike in terms
of their cancer and general health. This is to know
that any progress is because of the treatment and
not because of differences between patients. To
join, you’ll need to review and sign a paper called
an informed consent form. This form describes the
study in detail, including the risks and benefits.
Ask your treatment team if there is an open clinical trial that
you can join. There may be clinical trials where you’re getting
treatment or at other treatment centers nearby. You can also
find clinical trials through the websites listed in Part 9.