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How can someone know if he or she is a good candidate for a clinical trial?

Whether or not someone is a good candidate for a clinical trial is dependent on his or her own values and acceptance of inherent risks with untested therapies. Clinical trials typically have explicit criteria for enrollment. Enrollment is voluntary.

Dr. Christopher S. Ho, MD
Hematologist & Oncologist

Christopher Ho, MD, from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center gives some insight to the selection process for clinical trials and explains how technology has broadened the availability of cutting edge treatments.

If your doctor suggests you take part in a clinical trial, he or she will tell you what to expect. You should then take some time to decide if the trial being offered is right for you. Ask your doctor questions about the trial, and take your time to think about it. You can then tell the doctors what you have decided. If the trial sounds right for you and you want to take part in it, say yes, but if the trial doesn’t sound right for you, it’s okay to say no.

If a child wants to take part, the doctors will need permission from his or her parents or guardians, too.

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