Your child may help discover a new treatment for an illness that will help children in the future, even though your child may not directly benefit from the study.
Each study is different—it could involve taking a new drug, answering questionnaires, getting blood drawn, or measuring a bodily function. Your child's regular care will not change whether or not you decide to participate. Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.
The research team will talk to you about the risks of participating in a study. They will tell you up front about any parts of the study that may cause discomfort to your child.
Talk with your child's doctor to see if there are any studies that might be right for your child. If there are, he or she can set up a meeting with a research team so your family can learn about the study.
Tip: To find pediatric cancer trials, use the keywords "pediatric" or "children" in your search.
Examples of pediatric studies
- Cancer: Treatment options for leukemia
- Dermatology: Medication to treat eczema
- Intensive care: Influenza surveillance and research into causes
- Pulmonary: Inhaled medicines for cystic fibrosis