The medical industry is constantly evolving, and new medical technologies and treatments are always being created and tested. Although tests on these medicines, treatments, and technologies are performed in labs, they also require a human trial to determine their true effectiveness.
If you have a medical condition, your doctor may offer you a new medical treatment as a cure. While it may be the cure you were looking for, you may also be wary of trying something so new that has yet to provide valid results. There are many pros and cons of undergoing a new medical treatment, so educate yourself on the rewards and the risks before making your decision.
Pro: It could be a miracle.
With all the technologies and advancements that are occurring every day, it’s possible that this new medical treatment is the absolute miracle you were hoping for. Maybe it actually cures your medical condition in full, or maybe it simply treats it enough to allow you to live your life without constantly struggling with or worrying about your medical condition.
Con: It could have negative side effects.
New treatments are used on humans to learn how people react and if there are any negative side effects from the treatment. Because the treatment you’re undergoing is so new, it is possible that it can generate some side effects that were previously undocumented. These side effects could be minor, such as suffering from headaches, or it could be major, such as causing blood clots or becoming numb in certain areas of your body. Talk with your doctor about the known side effects and determine if this is something you feel like risking before saying yes.
Pro: It could be cheap.
Sometimes during a test phase, a medical company will not charge you for your participation in their study. This means that you may be able to receive your medical treatment for free, which can be huge financial savings on your end. Talk with your doctor about the costs involved with the treatment before making your decision.
Con: It could be expensive.
While some companies may provide the treatment for free as a way of thanking you for your participation, other companies may still charge you for it to keep funding their research. Because the treatment is new, your medical insurance will likely not cover the cost, which means that you’ll be forced to pay for it all out of pocket.
Pro: You can help the medical industry.
By undergoing a new medical treatment, you can help the medical industry. They will use the information they gather from your use of the treatment to determine if it has been successful if it has failed miserably, what side effects come with the treatment, and any other information about the treatment they can gather. This will be used to either fix the issues and continue making better attempts at treatment, or it could be used to push this treatment out as the next best thing for your specific medical condition. Either way, you’re helping the medical industry.
Con: You may be locked in.
Most medical research companies require that if you agree to undergo a new treatment, you abide by their rules. This may mean sticking with the treatment for a specific amount of time even if you’re not showing signs of improvement, or worse if you suffer from negative side effects.
Be sure to talk with your doctor about the length of the treatment and if you can opt-out at any time, as well as any other pertinent information about the treatment you need to know. The more educated you are on the treatment, the more informed decision you can make.