Clinical TrialsFAQs

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If you are thinking of participating in a clinical trial, it’s natural to have questions. We’re here to help. We care deeply about your safety and comfort, so we are always available to answer questions and address concerns.


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Clinical Trials

Our deep understanding of the clinical trials process helps you have a good experience.

Frequently asked clinical trial questions include:

Who can participate in a clinical trial?

All patients at Aurora Health Care can be considered for a clinical trial, but not everyone is eligible to participate. We help you get the best possible care regardless of whether you are in a trial.

Each clinical trial has specific requirements and may limit participation based on:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Previous treatment history, like major surgery or radiation therapy
  • Diagnosis, including specific types of cancer
  • Medical history, which may include chronic conditions like diabetes or liver conditions

If you would like to know more, ask your doctor or read our clinical trials participant information.

How will I know if a clinical trial is right for me?

Deciding whether to participate in a clinical trial is up to you. Our team includes dedicated clinical research coordinators who provide you with the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you. Find out more: Clinical trials: what to expect.

This information includes:

  • Treatment being studied and how it may help you
  • Tests or treatments you may need in addition to the care you are already receiving
  • Costs associated with participating in a clinical trial and who pays for them
  • Benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial
  • Which Aurora location(s) you will need to go for care during a clinical trial

What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?

Benefits of participating in clinical trials may include:

  • Opportunity to potentially be among the first to benefit from investigational treatments and advances in scientific knowledge.
  • Getting one-on-one support from clinical research coordinators. We provide prompt answers to any questions you may have.
  • The opportunity to potentially help other people with the same condition. Your participation may help advance care for the condition, and may bring excellent results to future patients.

Find out more: Clinical trials helpful links and information.

What are the risks of participating in a clinical trial?

As with any medical treatment, the care you receive during a clinical trial carries some risks. The risks you may face and how serious they are depend on many factors. These factors may include the diagnosis and the type of treatment being tested.

Risks associated with participating in a clinical trial may include:

  • Receiving a treatment that is not effective for your situation
  • Experiencing unpleasant or serious side effects
  • Spending time on additional office visits or other clinical trial requirements, like writing down your daily symptoms

During the trial, our clinical research coordinators stay in close contact with you to help you avoid or minimize these risks. Find out more about our clinical research coordinators.

What should you consider before entering a clinical research study?

Before you agree to participate in a clinical research study, you’ll want to understand all aspects of the study. Here are some helpful questions to ask before participating in a study:

  • What is the study about?
  • What is the purpose of this study?
  • Who is sponsoring the research?
  • How long will the study last?
  • What happens at each visit?
  • How does the study differ from normal health care for the condition?
  • Can I take my regular medication while I'm participating?
  • Can I see my own doctor?
  • How will the information gained by this research be shared?
  • What about costs?
  • Are extra charges involved?
  • How much will my insurance cover?
  • Who is available to discuss insurance issues with me?

Find out more: Clinical trials helpful links and information.

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