Clinical Trials FAQs

What are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials identify whether new drugs, new combinations of drugs, new procedures or devices or new uses for existing treatments are safe and effective. Clinical trial participants benefit from access to treatments not yet available to the public. They also play an active role in their own care while helping others by contributing to medical research.

Can someone participate in a clinical trial prior knowledge or agreeing to participate?

No. The law requires that health care teams overseeing clinical trials explain all the information about those trials so patients can make informed decisions about participating. Those healthcare teams must also explain that patients have the right to leave the trial at any time for any reason.

Are clinical trials merely experimenting on people, making them “guinea pigs”?

Many people are under the mistaken impression that their rights are not protected because of long-ago abuses and problems with trials. Those who participate in clinical trials have both rights and protections to make sure their privacy and well being are being protected. One of the most important protections is the Informed Consent.

Do I have to pay to participate in a clinical trial?

Participating in a clinical trial does not guarantee free medical treatment and care. There may be limitations as to what costs are covered. You may be responsible for costs that are considered “Usual Care Costs,” which are costs associated with anything that your doctor would normally do even if you weren’t in the trial, such as tests, x-rays, hospital stays, doctor visits, medical treatments, etc. It is important to ask your doctor or research team about their experiences with medical plan coverage for the trial you are considering.

What if I agree to participate and the trial doesn’t work for me?

Because it is unethical to allow a patient to continue in a trial that is not benefitting them, you would be removed from the trial. Remember, all trials are completely voluntary and you may stop participating at any time for any reason.

To learn if you are eligible to participate in any of our currently enrolling trials, please call our Certified Clinical Research Coordinator for more information: 219-757-7212


Cancer Support Group

An information and support session about healthy eating, activity, stress management and coping during & after cancer treatment.

Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, Oncology Institute Resource Library
200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410
By appointment: 219-757-7212

Genetics Clinic

Identify your potential health risks in order to make informed decisions about your genetic health. The clinic also helps identify your genetic results, and provides support throughout the process.

Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, Oncology Institute
200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410
By appointment: 219-757-7515

Lymphedema Clinic

Patients with lymphedema of the upper extremities can learn proper skin care, diet and exercises, massage and other compression techniques.

Southlake Campus, Pavilion D
303 East 89th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410
By appointment: 219-738-3500

Cancer Patients’ Exercise Class

This class is for patients in active cancer treatment and is led by an ACSM Exercise Physiologist. Activities include range of motion, stretching, weight bearing and Theraband exercise – all while standing or seated, as well as walking in the room or in place. Classes are forming.  Southlake Campus, Cancer Resource Center, Pavilion B, 200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville. For information, call 219-757-7212.

Cancer Patients’ Yoga Class

This class is specifically designed for people living with cancer and is taught by a Certified Hatha Yoga instructor. Hatha Yoga is the preferred yoga practice for cancer patients. It focuses on easy movement and body postures, meditation and brAZZeathing. Classes meet every other Thursday. Southlake Campus, Cancer Resource Center, Pavilion B, 200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville. For information, call 219-757-7212.


Methodist Hospitals Oncology Program

Southlake Campus:  Pavilion B, 200 East 89th Drive, MerrillvilleIN 46410  •  219-757-7212