What To Expect
Every clinical trial involves a health-care team that includes doctors, nurses, social workers, research coordinators and other health professionals who will follow your progress very closely. These physicians are extremely knowledgeable and have pioneered some of the treatment methods now routinely used at Swedish and in other cancer centers across the country.
Participating in a clinical trial may be as simple as taking a certain medication in a pill form for a certain amount of time. Or, it may involve trying a new combination of chemotherapy drugs at a Cancer Treatment Center. You may have more tests and doctor visits than you would if you were not taking part in a study. You will follow a specific plan as directed by the protocol, and may also be asked to keep a log or fill out additional forms.