You may be asked to be part of a research study or clinical trial. Clinical trials may help you to access new treatments. They may also give you a chance to help other patients in the future. These trials see if new medications, procedures, or devices are safe and effective.
Your surgeon may talk to you about a clinical trial. If you decide to learn more, you will meet with a research coordinator. They will explain the study and obtain your written permission. Patients in clinical trials can leave the trial at any point. The trial may provide more frequent tests, visits, and exams. Ask your health care team if you want to learn more. Resources are also available at the National Library of Medicine Clinical Trials site.
Depending on your age, life stage, and type of treatment you are prescribed, you may want to ask your doctor about fertility options. There are resources available, such as seeing a reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) specialist. A REI specialist can help you with strategies for family planning. Ask how your treatment may affect your fertility and what options are available to you. Your insurance may cover some of these options.54