There is certain information you should look into if you are considering a stem cell treatment, including a detailed description of the treatment and the science that supports it, the expected outcome and the risks.
In many cases, particularly in a clinical trial, you should be provided with a patient information sheet and informed consent documents that answer many of the questions below. However, don’t hesitate to ask for more information or further explanation. The medical team involved should know a lot about your disease or condition, other treatment options, and the evidence that the treatment they are offering will be safe and that it will work.
The questions and answers are best discussed with a trusted physician familiar with your condition who can help you understand the treatment and your choices. It is a good idea to seek medical advice independent of the provider to help assess whether the treatment and outcome claims offered are reasonable.
In a clinical trial, typically the cost of the test treatment and trial monitoring is covered by the company developing the product or by local or national government funding. Learn more here.
- What are the costs of the treatment? What does this include? What other costs will I incur?
- What would the costs of emergency treatment be if something goes wrong? Who would provide and pay for this? Before traveling or agreeing to treatment, find out what costs your health insurance provider, national health program or travel insurance will cover, in what circumstances and in what countries.