Through the informed consent process, you learn the details about a trial before deciding if you want to take part. This includes learning about the trial’s purpose and possible risks and benefits. This is a critical part of ensuring patient safety in research.
During the informed consent process, the research team, which is made up of doctors and nurses, will discuss your rights, including your right to:
- Make a decision about participating.
- Leave the study at any time.
After discussing the study with you, the research team will give you an informed consent form to read. The form includes written details about the information that the researchers discussed with you and describes the privacy of your medical records. If you agree to take part in the study, you sign the form. Keep in mind that even if you sign, you can always leave the study at any time and ask questions.
For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute website.