Patients can participate in clinical research studies for their condition, an important step in developing new drugs and other treatments.

Why should I participate in a clinical trial?

  • Learn about treatment options that may not yet be available to the general public.
  • Help develop new treatments for your condition.
  • Get individualized medical monitoring and study medication for no cost.
  • No insurance is needed to participate.

Find out more about participating in clinical trials from the U.S. National Institutes of Health

Interested in participating in an open trial?

Call  (803) 935-8300  



What should I know about participating in a trial?

Every clinical trial is different. Ask questions before you join to get as much information about the study as you can. Your questions could be:

  • What treatments will I receive during the trial?
  • Why do you believe these treatments may help my condition?
  • Are there greater or lesser risks and side effects with this trial than with my current treatment?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • How often will I have to come in for treatments and follow-ups?
  • What kind of aftercare will be available for me?