Patients may consider clinical trials as a means of treatment.
Clinical trials are studies of promising new or experimental treatments and are performed on patients.
Clinical trials are performed only when the treatment being studied is likely to be of value to the patient.
Participating in a clinical trial is up to the patient.
Doctors and nurses will explain the study and its risks in detail and give the patient a form to read and sign, which is known as informed consent.
Even after giving informed consent and beginning a clinical trial, a patient may leave the study at any time.