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Like other important medical decisions, many factors should be considered when deciding whether or not to participate in research. This is a very personal decision with no right or wrong answer.
Some patients express concern that their doctors will be disappointed if they enroll in a clinical trial that involves care at another facility. It is the role of your health care team to help you make medical decisions that are right for you. Most doctors will understand and support your decision to enroll in a research study.
It is important that you inform your doctor before and after enrolling in a study, even if she did not recommend a study to you:
It may be helpful for you to discuss the clinical trial with your family, friends and caregivers to get their input in your decision. You may need their help, especially if participation involves additional time, travel or procedures. You may also wish to speak with other patients who have participated in research. You can sign up to be matched through our Peer Navigation Program, contact your local FORCE group or contact the study coordinator to see if there is a support group at their facility.