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Four Benefits of Participating in a Clinical Trial

female doctor consulting with patientWhen patients are presented with the option of participating in a clinical trial, a common question we hear is “Why should I take part in a treatment that researchers are not sure will work?” While this is a good question, those who take part in a clinical trial can expect numerous benefits.

Early access to new treatments
The treatment you can gain access to as part of a clinical trial may be more effective or have fewer side effects than those currently available to the public.

Treatment may be low-cost (or even free)
In exchange for your participation, some clinical trials may pay for part or all of your treatment, travel, and other expenses made during the study. It is imperative to discuss all details regarding cost with your physician before you agree to be part of a clinical trial in Dallas, TX.

Regular attention from top medical professionals
When you take part in a clinical trial, you will have the opportunity to receive attention from some of the nation’s top doctors and scientists. With their close monitoring, you can have peace of mind that any side effects that you may experience will be identified and addressed immediately.

The chance to help others by contributing to medical research
Many of today’s cancer treatments are available because large numbers of patients agreed to participate in clinical trials to test them. Even if you don’t directly benefit from the results of the trial you take part in, the resulting research can help others and contributes to scientific knowledge.