Lots of research goes into clinical trials at Enloe, even before they’re tested. Then participants are monitored closely by researchers and regulations are in place for safety. In fact, all U.S. clinical trials at cancer research centers and elsewhere must be overseen by an institutional review board (IRB).
However, that’s not to say clinical trials can’t have negative effects. They could:
- Be less effective than other treatments
- Cause unpleasant or serious side effects
- Require more of your time than normal treatments; you may need more doctor visits, tests or complex dosages
If you decide to participate in a clinical trial at the Cancer Center, you’ll need to provide informed consent. To help you, Enloe researchers will explain the facts about the clinical trial, so you can decide if you want to participate. You’ll learn:
- What will be studied and how
- What treatments and medical tests will be used during the trial
- What information will be collected
- Your rights, including your right to leave the study at any time
- All the treatment options that might be right for you
- Who is on the research team and their contact information
Afterward, you’ll be asked to sign a consent form if you decide to participate. Currently, patients are participating in several clinical trials at Enloe. Each clinical trial at Enloe has specific criteria patients must meet to be eligible to participate.