The clinical trials research team at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Our clinical trials program at the MedStar Health Baltimore Cancer Network is one of the largest in the state. The reputation of the Cancer Network, its doctors, and the greater availability of new treatments attract patients from a tri-state area.
See frequently asked questions about clinical trials, including:
- What is a clinical trial and why should you participate?
- What clinical trials are available?
- What safeguards are in place before a clinical trial is offered?
- Who sponsors clinical trials?
- Can I discontinue treatment if I change my mind?
- How will I be billed for my treatment?
What is a clinical trial and why should you participate?
A clinical trial is a research study. People who participate receive either treatments not yet available to the general public, or available treatments used in new ways or in new combinations.
Clinical trials can offer the most up-to-date treatment for your cancer, and can represent a significant improvement in your care, especially if your first-line therapy has not been successful.
Participation means that you will receive the additional support of a research nurse. Your research nurse will be your advocate and will see to it that your treatment regimen follows strict clinical trial instructions. At the end of your treatment, your research nurse will continue to call you or your doctor to follow up on your condition.
Clinical trials are the most effective way to improve cancer survival rates. Your participation in a clinical trial will benefit future cancer patients.
What clinical trials are available?
The many cancer trials open for patient enrollment focus on the prevention, treatment, or palliation of different types of cancer. Most come with a quality of life component.
Because of MedStar Health Cancer Network’s reputation for quality of care, trials are sometimes available here when they are unavailable elsewhere. Learn more about participating in a clinical trial.
What safeguards are in place before a clinical trial is offered?
Before a clinical trial is made available, it is reviewed by the MedStar Oncology Institutional Review Board. The IRB is a group of doctors, nurses, researchers, and community representatives who decide whether the clinical trial is safe and effective and whether it is based on the best interests of the people who will participate in it. Guidelines regulating these decisions are set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Patients must also meet the specific criteria of the trial (i.e., stage of disease) and they must sign an informed consent that states they have been advised of all the medical aspects of the clinical trial. The doctor and the research nurse individually educate the patient about the regimen of treatment to be received.
The patient also has the right to stop participation in the trial at any time.
Who sponsors clinical trials?
Our cancer trials are sponsored by multi-institutional research groups supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), pharmaceutical companies, and independent investigators.
We are part of the MedStar Oncology Network which is a collaborative oncology research effort involving all MedStar hospitals including Georgetown (Lombardi Cancer Institute), Washington Hospital Center (Washington Cancer Institute), and MedStar community hospitals.
Can I discontinue treatment if I change my mind?
Yes. You are free to discontinue treatment at any time. This will not affect your relationship with your doctor. Your doctor and cancer program staff will provide other available care. In fact, if your doctor believes that the treatment you receive in the clinical trial is not helping, or that its side effects are too harmful, he or she will take you out of the study.
How will I be billed for my treatment?
Billing is the same for clinical trial participants and non-participants. Treatments are charged to your insurance company. Other sources of funding may cover additional costs of the clinical trial.
Learn more about clinical trials at MedStar Health Cancer Network Baltimore in the video below:
For more information or to participate in a clinical trial call 1-877-715-HOPE
- Participate in a Clinical Trial
- MedStar Health Available Clinical Trials
- Meet Our Team of Principal Investigators
- All of our clinical trials are listed on ClinicalTrials.gov.
Clinical Trials at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239
MedStar Harbor Hospital
The Cancer Center
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225
Clinical Trials at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
201 East University Parkway
Johnston Professional Building
Baltimore, MD 21218