Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Call 1-800-488-6632
2.  Relationship Managers (Lindsey, Judy, Elena or Mena) will guide you through a screening process to identify the right trial for you.

  • We are proud of the fact that we are the only unbiased trial matching service in America.  We will not try to "steer" you toward any particular study.  We are patient advocates, giving you information and helping you figure out your treatment options.
  • Yes, this service is free and will always be free for patients, caregivers and health professionals.
  • Companies who sponsor clinical trials pay CureLauncher for our efforts to help patients.  However, we help any person find any clinical trial regardless of whether we get paid or not.
  • We will ask you questions about your health, your general location, and some contact information.
  • You don't have to answer all the questions, but the more you answer, the better we can match you to a therapy that is right for you.
  • Your health information is protected by HIPAA laws.  We will never sell any of your information or use it for any other purpose other than matching you to a trial.
  • Any research study that tests a new treatment and its effects on your health.  The treatment can be medicine, a device or even an exercise or diet.
  • There are over 10,000 trials currently in the United States.  They treat everything from depression to weight loss to cancer.  Some treatments are as complex as chemotherapy or as simple as breathing exercises or walking on a treadmill.
  • Phase 1 is the first time a medicine is tried on human beings.  The point of a Phase 1 study is to see if the drug is safe.
  • Phase 2 is when the medicine is safe, and now researchers want to start learning about how it works.  They also want to start finding out how much of the medicine is needed (the dose).
  • Phase 3 is when the medicine is safe and they know that it works.  Now the researchers want to compare this new medicine to other medicines and see which one is the best.
  • Phase 4 is when the drug has been approved by the FDA, but researchers want to keep monitoring to get extra information.
  • Some people hear the phrase "clinical trial" and think "guinea pig".  However, this is only in Phase 1 trials, when researchers still don't know much about the medicine.  You can participate in a Phase 2 or 3 trial where the medicine has been tested and it is known to be safe.
  • You can get new medicines that are not available through your usual doctor.  Usually all medication and office visits are paid for.  You will also get more attention from different doctors, who will monitor your health and progress very closely.  Sometimes you get extra attention and help with your healthcare.
  • Some trials might give you a placebo.  We will make sure you understand what that means.  You can always choose not to enroll in that particular study.
  • After we find a study you want to join, we call the clinical site to set up an appointment.  A nurse at the site may talk with you before you go, to double check that the study is a good fit for you.
  • Then you visit them in their clinic or hospital, where they will ask more questions about your medical history and give you more detailed information.  They will explain the study to you and if you choose to enroll, you will have to sign paperwork that says that you understand the study.  Then the medical staff will probably take some measurements.
  • Afterward, the researchers will give you the study medication.  You'll go back for follow-up visits to see how you are doing.  Some trials are one visit, while others can go on for over a year.
  • You can drop out of a clinical trial at any time and for any reason.  The doctors will not treat you any differently if you leave the study.
  • It depends on where you are and where the study is.
  • It depends on the study.  Some studies will pay for your travel expenses, but some don't.
  • Most of the time, the cost of study treatment is covered.  But sometimes, you or your insurance must pay for other related medicines or procedures.  We will tell you this before you get into any study.
  • Sometimes, but we will tell you this before you get into any study.
  • Like any treatment, the medicine you receive in a clinical trial might give you side effects.  If you get a side effect, the doctors will be closely monitoring you to be able to take care of it.
  • You can drop out of any study at any time if you don't like the side effects.