People take part in clinical trials for many reasons including:
They may be able to access a new treatment before it is routinely available as standard treatment for all breast cancer patients;
The treatments offered on a clinical trial include the best current standard treatment, compared with a new treatment which earlier research shows may be better;
Participating in a clinical trial helps to advance medical knowledge;
Many clinical trial participants are motivated to take part because the results of current clinical trials may help improve treatments and outcomes for future women diagnosed with breast cancer or who are at risk.
Clinical trial participants may be monitored more closely than patients who receive standard treatment and their treatment is rigorously documented. There are usually questionnaires to complete regarding the participant’s feelings or reactions to the treatment. This careful follow up means that the outcomes of the clinical trial are the result of accurate and detailed information which is then published in peer reviewed scientific journals.
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