Before You Enroll in a Trial

Before enrolling in a clinical trial, you may want to to ask yourself, and your doctor, some questions. Thinking though these issues, and gathering as much information as possible, will help ensure that you make the best decision for you.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Why do I want to participate?
  • What do I expect to get from the trial?
  • What may happen to me if I do or don’t participate?
  • Do I understand the risks and benefits?
  • Do I have the time and resources to participate?


Questions to ask your doctor:

  • Is the trial still enrolling people?
  • Am I eligible for the trial?
  • Why do researchers think this new treatment may be effective?
  • What are the potential risks and benefits the treatment may have?
  • Who will watch over my care and safety?
  • Can I get a copy of the trial’s protocol?
  • Can I get a copy of the informed consent form?
  • Is there a chance I will receive a placebo?
  • Is the trial randomized?
  • What is the dose and schedule of treatments of the trial?
  • What costs will I or my insurer have to pay?
  • If I have to travel, who will pay for travel and lodging?
  • Will the trial require more time than standard care, and a possible hospital stay?
  • How will participating in the trial affect my daily life?


What medical information about ovarian cancer do I need before enrolling in a clinical trial?
Before you enroll in a clinical trial you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your health. The questions will ask for a range of information including: your age, menopausal status, your daily activity, the extent of cancer metastasis, the ovarian cancer stage and type, the operability of a metastatic cancer , your CA125 levels, where you are in treatment, when you had the most recent surgery, when you had the most recent chemotherapy, what drugs you received for chemotherapy, other medical conditions besides cancer, how many different chemotherapy regimens have you undergone, and where you live to find a trial. Collecting information about your health, although time consuming and potentially emotional draining, is necessary for the clinical trials process.


Watch OCRF’s Informational Clinical Trials Video