What does taking part in a trial involve?
If you decide to take part in a trial the research team will give you the full details of what it will involve. There will be differences between trials that depend on what the trial is investigating and what type of trial it is.
Normally being in a trial will involve:
- Getting information and giving your consent. The team should explain the trial to you in detail, and answer your questions before you agree to sign the consent form.
- Checks and tests before the trial. This is to check you are suitable for the trial and includes filling in forms or questionnaires, a physical examination, and having some tests.
- Visiting a hospital to have tests or treatments. You'll have regular check-ups as part of the study, which may be in addition to your usual hospital checks.
You can leave the trial at any stage without giving a reason, but if you can give a reason this could help the research team design better trials in the future. You will still be offered the standard treatments for your stage of cancer. Health professionals won't treat you differently because you have left a trial.
You might want to ask questions or raise concerns before, during and after a trial. When a trial ends you might also feel you need some support.
You can speak to your GP or other health professional, or call our confidential helpline. You can get in touch with people who have had similar experiences, through your local prostate cancer support group or our online community. If you'd rather speak one-to-one, try our telephone one-to-one support service.