Throughout the clinical trial process, you are likely to be providing more emotional support along with practical day-to-day help.
If you are interested in helping your loved one find a clinical trial, you can support them in speaking to their doctor, who can try and help find a trial. You can also use our finder to search for a Galapagos clinical trial.
The clinical trial process will involve lots of information being provided. You can support your loved one through listening carefully, taking notes during appointments and keeping relevant files organized. You may also want to prepare by asking a list of questions, and feel free to speak up and advocate for your loved one if they are not able to.
While many of the questions you may want to ask are similar to those your loved one would ask, you may have some additional questions around your role, the support you would be likely to provide or where you can access help. Your doctor, or clinical trial coordinator where relevant, should be happy to answer all of these questions.
Your loved one will have numerous check-ins throughout the clinical trials process and will need to attend regular check-ups at the clinical trial site. As their carer, they are likely to rely on you to help maintain these visits – you may want to take responsibility of your loved one’s diary to help them keep track of appointments.
While your loved one will have regular check-ups with doctors to check on their health and look for any side effects, you can help support the clinical team by ensuring they adhere to their treatment. It is also important that you are aware of any side effects to look out for so that you can discuss these, as needed, with the clinical trial team.
Caring for someone can be challenging and it’s very important to access support. Within the clinical trials process there are a number of ways you can get support: