Does being in a clinical trial require lots of office visits and tests?It depends on the type of clinical trial. But it's true that most trial participants see their doctors more often, and have more blood draws, imaging scans and other tests than cancer patients on conventional treatment. The additional monitoring is important, because it protects the safety of patients enrolled in the study and shows whether the experimental treatment is working.
If I join a clinical study, how can I be sure I won't get a placebo?A placebo, sometimes called a sugar pill, contains no medication. Because physicians today have conventional treatments for nearly every type of cancer, placebos are not used in clinical trials of experimental cancer treatments anymore. If you enroll in a cancer clinical trial today, you will receive either an experimental treatment, conventional treatment or some combination of experimental and conventional treatment.