Potential benefits of being involved
Participating in a clinical trial is entirely voluntary. Some trials offer compensation to healthy participants who are prepared to take a drug under investigation and be monitored. The participants are required to stay overnight and often have blood sampling every few hours.
For participants with melanoma entering into a clinical trial the rules are different and there is no compensation paid. The benefits which may be gained are access to the newest and most up to date drugs and medical experts. Enrolling in a clinical trial often involves regular hospital or clinic visits and tests to review the response to the drugs being taken. These drugs would not be available to the general public in New Zealand but provide participants to access cutting edge treatment regimes.
All clinical trials are ethically approved and monitored. Eligible patients often gain a better understanding of their cancer and their treatment when taking part in a clinical trial. There is also evidence to suggest that patients have a better clinical outcome when they are involved in clinical trials than those receiving standard care.
A huge amount of knowledge can be gained from medical research. All new treatments available today are a result of people participating in clinical trials in the past. The information of side effects of approved medication is collated during studies and this is included in the packaging of all prescribed or medication sold in pharmacies today.