Participation in Clinical Trials
Who can participate?
Speak with one of PCI’s research nurses to obtain guidelines regarding the inclusion/exclusion criteria for a study. Each study has eligibility criteria that you must meet in order to participate. Our research nurses will inform you if you meet the criteria to participate in the study.
What is the informed consent process?
PCI’s research staff will give you all the specific information related to the trial so you can make an informed decision to participate. The process is designed to make certain you fully understand the clinical trial plan before agreeing to participate. You will never be signed up for a study without giving your consent. Even after giving your consent to participate you have the right to leave the trial at any time without giving a reason.
What are the benefits and risks to enrolling in a Clinical Research trial?
- Enrolling in a clinical trial gives you access to treatments and drugs that are not widely available.
- You are carefully monitored and evaluated throughout the trial. Additional tests and visits to the doctors’ office may be required during the trial.
- You will play a more active role in your healthcare.
- You will be helping cancer research by developing new treatment regimens.
- New treatments and drugs may have side effects that are not known to the doctors.
- There is not a guarantee that the drugs from the trial will be effective in your treatment.
If you are interested in discussing opportunities to participate in a research study, please contact one of our Clinical Research Coordinators at 678-298-3235.