Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Clinical Trial?
A Clinical Trial is a study that evaluates the effectiveness of new drugs or treatment strategies. Clinical trials are conducted in a series of steps, called phases – each phase is designed to answer a separate research question.
Phase I trials tests a new drug to evaluate its safety, determine a safe dosage range, and identify side effects.
Phase II trials establish optimal doses, effectiveness, and further evaluate drug safety.
Phase III trials are designed to lead to FDA approval for new drugs.
Phase IV trials provide continual monitoring of new drugs after their initial approval.

Who can participate in a clinical trial?
All clinical trials have recommendations about who is eligible for the program. These recommendations are based on such factors as age, disease type, medical history, and current medical condition. Before you can join a clinical trial, you must qualify for the study.

What is Informed Consent?
Informed Consent is a process through which you learn details about the clinical trial before deciding whether to take part. This includes learning about the trial’s purpose and possible risks and benefits. This is a critical part of ensuring patient safety in research.

Will I get paid for participating in a clinical trial?
Carolina Oncology Specialists, PA does not provide financial reimbursement or compensation for participation in a clinical research trial. Any reimbursement or compensation for participating in a clinical trial is determined and provided by the sponsor, not our practice. If a sponsor offers any type of reimbursement or compensation, it is detailed in the informed consent.

What if I decide I no longer want to be in a clinical trial?
If you decide to participate in a clinical trial, you may stop your participation at any time.

Is being on a trial like being a human guinea pig?
No. Clinical trials are regulated by the FDA and follow strict guidelines to promote patient safety and welfare. Clinical trials are offered on drugs and treatments already proven to be as good as standard of care options. Patients on trials receive the best management of care and services.