In order to participate in a trial of the GHSG, the stage of your disease has to be determined exactly. This staging procedure is a prerequisite for a stage-adapted therapy and is necessary in any case, no matter if you participate in a trial or not.
Please click here for details on the necessary staging examinations. More details on Hodgkin lymphoma staging can be found here. Only when the stage of your disease has been ascertained, it can be determined if there is an ongoing trial for this stage and if you fulfill the inclusion criteria or if any exclusion criteria are present. Your doctor will check all this for you.
If there is a possibility for you to participate in a trial, your doctor will discuss this with you and inform you about the respective trial. In this briefing your doctor will explain to you:
- The aim and purpose of the trial,
- The treatment measures that will be applied,
- The possible differences between standard treatment and treatment within the trial,
- The scientific co-projects, e.g. concerning late effects, that might be connected with the trial,
- The risks and side-effects that might affect you,
- The alternative treatment methods,
- What the course of the trial will be like and how time-consuming it will be,
- How data protection and randomization are handled.
After the briefing you will also receive a written patient information with all the details, so you can read up on everything at home.
Should you have any questions or require more information, please do not hesitate to ask your doctor directly. In the briefing your doctor should discuss all relevant aspects with you and answer your questions. You have a right to know and understand what to expect regarding your therapy. A good briefing may prevent future misunderstandings.
If you decide to participate in a trial of the GHSG, you will be asked to give your written consent to this. In order to do so, you and your doctor will have to sign a patient consent form. You can withdraw your consent at any time without incurring any disadvantage.
Only when the GHSG Trial Coordination Center has received your written consent and re-examined all the inclusion and exclusion criteria, you can be enrolled into the trial and your data can be entered into the GHSG’s database.