Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

Aspirus is able to offer access to the latest research studies and clinical trials in heart and cancer care through partnerships with various institutions and pharmaceutical companies. You can view our available trials by using the search options on this page.

Clinical trials pave the way for new treatments to become available to all patients. Patients potentially benefit from clinical trials through opportunities to receive the most advanced care available.

Patients who meet certain criteria may be eligible to participate in research trials.

All clinical trial opportunities are completely voluntary and a decision to participate in any research study is an important and personal one. Our experienced research Investigators and coordinators are available to you and your family and friends to provide accurate information about a clinical trial and to ensure that all questions and concerns are addressed prior to participation. This process is called Informed Consent.

While enrolled in a clinical trial, the Principal Investigator as well as dedicated Research Coordinators will offer you an extra layer of care and oversight of your medical condition in addition to the standard of care you receive. We strive to make clinical trial participation a rewarding opportunity for all participants. Our entire research staff serves as a partner and advocate for you throughout and often following your research participation.

Heart Trials

Aspirus conducts research and participates in clinical trials related to heart care and conditions through its research arm, called Aspirus Research Institute.

The Aspirus Research Institute offers patients access to the most state-of-the-art treatment options involving medications, medical devices and other biotechnology options. Current efforts are focused on cardiovascular research, as heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S.

Cancer Trials

Cancer trials are available at Aspirus Regional Cancer Center in Wausau and Aspirus Riverview Cancer Center in Wisconsin Rapids.

Through our research affiliation with the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC) in Madison, we are a part of a satellite system called Wisconsin Oncology Network (WON) offering clinical trials to patients with advanced disease.  In addition, we are also able to offer federally sponsored studies available through the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and the Radiologic Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG).

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat specific conditions.

Why Are There Clinical Trials?

A clinical trial is one of the final stages of a long and careful research process. Studies are done with patients to find out whether promising approaches to heart disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are safe and effective.

What are the phases of clinical trials?

Most clinical research that involves the testing of a new drug progresses in an orderly series of steps, called phases. This allows researchers to ask and answer questions in a way that results in reliable information about the drug and protects the patients. Clinical trials are usually classified into one of three phases:

  • Phase I trials – These first studies in people evaluate how a new drug should be given (by mouth, injected into the blood, or injected into the muscle), how often, and what dose is safe.  A Phase I trial usually enrolls only a small number of patients, sometimes as few as a dozen patients, and they are usually offered in a very limited number of locations nationwide.
  • Phase II trials – These studies will show how well a drug works against specific types of cancer and will provide information about its risks and benefits.  If a drug has been shown to work in the Phase II portion of study, it is considered ready for large-scale Phase III study.
  • Phase III trials – These studies test a new drug, a new combination of drugs, or a new surgical procedure in comparison to the current standard for treatment. A participant will usually be assigned to the standard treatment group or the new treatment group at random (called randomization). Phase III trials often enroll large numbers of people and may be conducted at many doctors' offices, clinics, and cancer centers nationwide.

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Contact Information

Heart Trials

  • Aspirus Research Institute
    500 Wind Ridge Drive, Suite 101
    Wausau, WI 54401

Cancer Trials

  • Aspirus Regional Cancer Center
    Wausau, WI
  • Aspirus Riverview Cancer Center
    Wisconsin Rapids

Cancer Trials through our affiliates
For a listing of Phase I cancer trials that are being conducted at our affiliate, the UWCCC, please contact:

For a listing of trials available through MCOW, please contact: