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Learn all about participating in research studies focused on hereditary cancers, including breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and melanoma.

Contacting the study team

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, you may need additional information about the study and what you will be asked to do. The person listed as the study contact is there to answer your questions or direct you to someone who can. It’s helpful to have your medical information on hand to answer any questions that they may have about your situation.

Study nurses and study coordinators

Some studies have a study nurse, or study coordinator who acts as the point-of-contact for patients. These health care experts are well informed about all aspects of the study. Don’t be shy about reaching out to them by phone or email. They are there to assist you, and to assure the success of a study. 

Common questions for the study team

Here are some common questions you might want to ask the study contact:

  • What medical records, test results or specimens will I need to gather from my current hospital or doctor?
  • Will you need to perform additional tests or procedures to determine my eligibility or as part of the study?
  • What are some reasons why I might be removed from the study?
  • What is the frequency of office visits or follow up care required during the study? How long will these visits take?
  • How long will I be followed once my active participation in the study ends?
  • Are there any visits, tests, procedures or medication that my insurance may not cover?
  • Are there any resources available to cover out-of-pocket costs?
  • Will I have access to the results of all tests performed as part of the study?
  • Is the study opening at any locations near me?
  • When do the researchers expect to have results from the study? Will I be contacted with the results?
  • May I review the Informed Consent Form?

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