How can my child join a clinical trial?

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Once you and the medical team have found a suitable trial for your child to join, their eligibility to participate will need to be confirmed. This might involve some extra tests and scans.

If your child is eligible, you will have a meeting with your child’s doctor and the research nurse to go through the details of the trial.

Because your child is not old enough to make a legal decision about their treatment, you will need to decide for them. This involves a process of informed consent, where you are given all the information you need to decide whether you want your child to participate. Children who are old enough or mature enough can also be asked to agree to the decision to participate in the trial – this is called giving assent.

There are lots of questions you should consider before deciding to enrol your child in a clinical trial. You should discuss the trial with your child’s doctor to make sure you understand the process, and ask more questions if there is anything you don't understand.

published: Sunday, 23 August, 2015