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Patients’ Rights & Protections

two women talking photoInstitutional rules at the University of Rochester and federal regulations are in place to protect patients who take part in clinical trials. It’s important to clearly understand the objectives of a trial and to realistically plan for all possible outcomes, including a disappointing result or even death.

No one is ever placed in a study without his or her knowledge and all eligible patients will receive a consent form to review before agreeing to begin. We encourage anyone interested in a clinical trial to discuss this option with trusted family members and physicians before making a final decision.

For more information, go to the National Cancer Institute’s clinical trials information page.