Your doctor may tell you about a trial melanoma that might be suitable for you. Or you might find out about a trial yourself, for example through our Clinical Trial Navigator. Talk it through with your doctor to find out if it is suitable for you and whether you are interested in taking part.

You will be given detailed information about the trial, including written information. Make sure you ask about anything you don’t understand, so that you have all the information you need and know exactly what is involved before deciding to take part.

Questions to Ask

You might find it helps to make a list of everything you want to ask when you see your trial doctor or nurse. You could include the following questions.

  • Are there any clinical trials that are suitable for me?
  • What does the trial involve?
  • What is the purpose of this trial? What phase of development is it?
  • What tests or treatment will I have and how often?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages for me?
  • What are the short-term and long-term risks and benefits of this trial?
  • Will I know which treatment I will be receiving?
  • Who can I talk to if I have any questions about the trial?
  • What support is available for me during the trial?
  • If the trial involves extra hospital visits, will my travel expenses be covered?
  • Can I leave the trial at any time if I change my mind?
  • How can I get referred for a trial that is not open at my hospital?
  • If I take part in the trial, will it delay me starting treatment?
  • Could my condition become worse during the trial? What will happen if it does?
  • What type of long-term follow-up care is part of the trial?
  • How can I find out about the results of the trial?
  • What treatment will I receive if I choose not to take part in the trial?
  • Will participating in the trial cost me anything? Will any of the treatment be free?
  • What is likely to happen to me with or without getting this treatment?.
  • If I am harmed as a result of this trial, what am I entitled to?