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What to Expect

If you are interested in a clinical trial at UCSF, you will:

  • Use this site to let the researcher know you are interested.
  • The researcher will contact you using the contact information you give.
  • The researcher will tell you more about the study.
  • You can ask the researcher any questions you have.
  • The researcher will ask you some questions to see if you are “eligible,” that is, you meet the rules of the study.
  • If you are eligible and still want to join, the researcher will enroll you.
  • You will review and sign a consent form.
    • A consent form states your rights.
    • A consent form states what the possible benefits and harms are.
    • A consent form states what you have to do in the study.
    • This usually includes visits at UCSF to get the treatment and tests.
    • The number and types of visits and tests vary from one study to another.
  • You can stop being in the study at any time for any reason.

See Laura's story or Brian's story to learn about their experiences in cancer clinical trials at UCSF.