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Should I join a clinical trial?

First Aired: July 13, 2014

Dr. Yousuf Zafar

Dr. Yousuf Zafar

Many advancements in cancer care result from clinical trials, the research studies that can focus on cancer treatments, diagnoses, prevention and symptom management. Participation in these trials is an individual decision, so it is important for each person to weigh the benefits and risks before they join.

Dr. S. Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS, a medical oncologist with Duke Cancer Institute, answers questions about clinical trials – who sponsors them, how they work, and what questions you may want to ask as you consider joining a trial. We’ll also talk about whether the Affordable Care Act has changed any clinical trial procedures.

Learn more about clinical trials from these resources:
▪ National Cancer Institute – Learn about clinical trials
▪ National Cancer Institute’s new National Clinical Trial Network
Entering a Clinical Trial: Is it Right for You? – Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Search for Clinical Trials – National Cancer Institute

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