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What To Expect During a Clinical Trial

During a clinical trial, doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health care providers might be part of your treatment team. They will monitor your health closely. You may have more tests and medical exams than you would if you were not taking part in a clinical trial.

Your treatment team also may ask you to do other tasks. For example, you may have to keep a log about your health or fill out forms about how you feel.

Some people will need to travel or stay in hospitals to take part in clinical trials. For example, the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, runs clinical trials. Many other clinical trials take place in medical centers and doctors' offices around the country.

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