At Northside, we pride ourselves on offering the latest in breakthrough procedures, technologies and treatments through our vast participation in national clinical trials. Clinical trials are typically available only in university or research institution settings, but as a NCI National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), our Cancer Institute gives patients access to exclusive clinical trials, making it one of the largest and most respected providers of comprehensive cancer care in the Southeast.
In addition to Oncology, we also offer patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials for Bone and Marrow Transplant, Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, and Rheumatology.
Clinical Trials translate results of scientific research into ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease.
Download a current listing of Northside Hospital clinical trials.
A clinical trial is a research study involving patient volunteers intended to answer specific health questions. Volunteers with certain health conditions may benefit from cutting-edge treatments not available yet for wide-spread use.
Carefully conducted clinical trials are among the safest and fastest ways of discovering new and improved treatments. All trials are conducted according to a strict protocol, which describes what types of patients may enter the study, as well as the schedule of tests, procedures, drugs, dosages and duration of the study. All participants must agree to follow protocol.
Becoming involved in a clinical trial will give you an opportunity to:
Receive expert medical care from specialist investigators and doctors.
Gain access to the latest treatments and techniques being evaluated for your condition.
Contribute to medical breakthroughs that could affect generations to come.
Clinical trials are used to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new drugs, devices, and treatments. They provide a good reference to compare how existing treatments stack up against newer ones. Clinical trials also are helpful in determining how a treatment responds to a specific population that may have not been tested before.
Clinical trials give you access to breakthrough treatments and expert medical care from specialist investigators and doctors. Additionally, your participation in a clinical trial contributes to discovering medical breakthroughs for generations to come.
No clinical trial is completely without risk, and patients who wish to volunteer should understand the possibility of unpleasant, serious or even life-threatening side effects. Additionally, some trials can be time consuming and ineffective.
"Being treated at a hospital that has a research focus means that the care is going to be of a higher caliber, that the staff is going to be more specialized, and that I can be assured of getting the latest treatment." -- Breast Cancer Survivor, NCCCP
Before volunteering in a clinical trial, be sure to keep yourself informed about the study, its purpose and any possible challenges you may face along the way.
What is the main purpose of the study?
Does the study involve a placebo or a treatment that is already on the market?
How will the treatment be given to me?
How long is the study going to last and what will I be asked to do as a participant?
What has been learned about the study treatment and are any study results published?
Do I have to pay for any part of the study? Will my insurance cover these costs?
Is there any reimbursement for travel?
Will I be able to see my own doctor?
If the treatment works for me, can I keep using it after the study?
Can anyone find out whether I'm participating in a clinical trial?
What will happen to my medical care if I stop participating in the study?
Does the physician/investigator have any financial or special interest in the clinical study?
Will I receive any follow-up care after the study has ended?
What are the credentials and research experience of the physician and study staff?