The point of research is to enlighten the scientific community about the treatment and its effects. With any experimental treatment, there will be some risk from the unknown. However, treatments are carefully researched in a laboratory before trials are conducted involving patients. In a Phase 1 trial, researchers may not be able to tell you much about side effects, because they are still studying it and learning. However, you will be told everything they do know, so you can make an educated decision about participating. You will be asked to report all your side effects to the study staff. You may also be asked to keep a diary at home or fill in questionnaires about feeling sick or tired. You can withdraw from a trial at any point.
By Phase 3 trials, more is known about the treatment, so there is less risk of harmful side effects. The risks associated with a particular trial will be discussed with you if you choose to enroll.
You will be closely monitored and your treatment will be stopped if we feel there may be risk for you.