While some clinical trials offer a financial incentive, this may not outweigh what they would be missing out on. Consequently, those in clinical trials are typically white and wealthier. If you are interested in a clinical trial, talk with your healthcare provider. If your HCP does not have full knowledge, do some independent research on what hospitals and clinics are offering around you.
The first step to doing research about clinical trials is finding resources that share these opportunities. If your HCP is not a good resource, start your research with advocacy websites for breast cancer. Some websites include Cancer.org or the Dr. Susan Love Foundation.
If no trials are currently running, you may be able to add your name to a list to be notified. Identifying a platform with cancer trials is the first step, but this is just the foundation of your research.
Once you are connected with a trial, find out if you’re eligible. Trial eligibility requirements vary based on the goals of the research and the condition. The most important step of the research is looking into actual study.
How long is the study? What is the preliminary research backing it? Where is the trial located and is this feasible for you? These are important factors to consider before taking the next step. Finally, take this information to your treatment team.
They will need this information to give you a recommendation on whether to pursue it or not. While the final decision is yours, the perspective of your HCP can be an essential one. Once you’ve made a decision, get in contact with the clinical trial team.
You can also request that your doctor calls for you. Ask them any questions or concerns you have. If you, your doctor, and trial team decide that it is a good fit; then make any necessary arrangements to get it started.
Although your healthcare providers and treatment team are essential in your journey to healing, you are the ultimate owner of your body and its health. If you would like to be considered for a clinical trial, talk with your doctor and do some independent research on what opportunities are out there for you.