If I join a clinical trial, will I have to stop seeing my community oncologist?If you volunteer for a clinical trial at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, your clinical care must be provided by U-M doctors who are responsible for patients enrolled in the trial or by their associates. However, if travel to Ann Arbor is a problem, U-M doctors may be able to arrange for routine tests to be performed by your community doctor.
Will I get paid for being a study volunteer?That depends on the study's sponsor. Some clinical trials reimburse study volunteers for expenses involved in traveling to Ann Arbor, especially if it requires an overnight visit. Some studies offer a small stipend for the time and inconvenience involved in participating in the study. But many clinical studies provide no reimbursement for study participants.
If I join a clinical trial, what's in it for me?No one can promise that an experimental treatment will cure your cancer, but it may prolong your life and give you more quality time to spend with your family and friends. Even if you don't receive any direct personal benefit, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you've made an invaluable contribution to research. Many cancer patients who volunteer for clinical trials say they do it to help their children, grandchildren and others who may be diagnosed with cancer in the future.