How to Find a Clinical Trial


How to Find a Clinical Trial

Clinical trials have strict criteria for eligibility. Speak to your doctor about your interest in clinical trials. Your doctor will be a good resource to help you determine what is best for you.


If you are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial, ask your doctor: “Is there a clinical trial that I can join?” If your doctor does offer you a trial, the following are some of the questions you may want to ask:

Questions about the trial

  • What is the purpose of the trial?
  • Why do the researchers believe that the treatment being studied may be better than the one being used at present? Why may it not be better?
  • How long will I be in the trial?
  • What kinds of tests and treatments are involved in the trial?
  • How will the doctor know if the treatment is working?
  • Who will be in charge of my care?
  • Can I talk to someone who has been in the trial?

Questions about risks and benefits

  • What are the possible side effects or risks of the new treatment?
  • What are the possible benefits?
  • How do the possible risks and benefits of this trial compare to those of the standard treatment?

Questions about your rights

  • How will information related to my health be protected?
  • What will happen if I decide to leave the trial?

Questions about costs

  • Will I have to pay for any of the treatments or tests?
  • What costs will my health insurance cover?

Questions about daily life

  • How often will I have to come to the hospital or clinic?
  • Will I have check-ups after the trial?

Questions about comparing choices

  • What are the other treatment choices available to me, including standard treatments?
  • Will I know if I’m receiving the treatment being studied or a placebo? offers additional questions you can ask your healthcare team about clinical trials and offers a link to a mobile app.


Learning more about clinical trials may make it easier for you to talk to your doctor about possible studies. Some resources for learning about clinical trials include:

  • – to search for available trials
  • National Cancer Institute – offers basic information on clinical trials
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology – provides an introduction to
    cancer research for patients
  • NETRF – highlights new NET clinical trials in the monthly e-update newsletter and explains clinical trials in an episode of the NETWise podcast. You can subscribe to NETRF’s e-update newsletter and listen to our podcasts.

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