• should a 78 year old woman with many health issues consider doing a clinical trial? Won't this involve more testing on her?

    Asked by Suehendo on Friday, January 18, 2013

    should a 78 year old woman with many health issues consider doing a clinical trial? Won't this involve more testing on her?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      No, not usually. In fact, in most cases it is totally transparent to the patient participation in a trial. It usually only involves providing medical information to the organization conducting the trial.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      There are so many variables in clinical trials that there is no one right answer. You and your oncologist need to understand the test is, and if you qualify. Do you feel comfortable participating etc. Some factors to consider: Is this a trial to see if the drug works, and you don't know if you are getting a placebo or the test drug? Is the trial on a drug that they know works, but are testing aganist other chemo treatments to find out if it is more effective and/or has less side effects.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Who is interested in the patient going into the trial? The dr, herself or both? If her dr feels it is no problem, and she wants to do it, then I don't see any reason to prevent her going into it. You could do research to see if there have been any serious side effects so far, or try and get a second opinion, but really, its up to your mother in the end.

      almost 5 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      I am in a clinical trial and find that it actually gives additional support. Yes, there is some additional testing, mostly blood tests, but usually the extra blood tests needed for the clinical trial are piggy-backed on my regular blood tests. And the clinical trial provides additional testing that I wouldn't otherwise get, like a heart test. There are also follow-up interviews and questionnaires so there is some time commitment to complete these, but not overly burdensome. Besides, I enjoy talking to the techs and nurses involved in the clinical trial. I learn a lot, they listen a lot, and I feel reassured. It's worth it for me.

      almost 5 years ago

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