Survival rates for children with cancer are much better now than they were in the 1970s. More than three out of four children with cancer can now be cured using treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and stem cell transplantation.
If your family is facing a decision about cancer treatment, a clinical trial may be right for your child. Clinical trials are no longer considered a last resort. In a clinical trial your child will usually be given a promising new treatment and standard therapy at the same time. This may be the right choice whether your child's cancer is newly diagnosed or if the disease has recurred or progressed.
Our Pediatric Cancer Program offers many clinical trials for many types of cancer, as well those for teenagers and young adults.
Your child's best interests always come first, so talk to your doctor about whether a clinical trial may be right for your child. We use a detailed informed consent process to make sure you fully understand the trial. If your child enters a trial, he or she may leave it at any time. No matter what course you choose, your decision will always have our respect and support.
We are active members in the Children’s Oncology Group, the world’s largest organization devoted to conducting clinical trials with child patients. Many of our faculty members play important leadership roles in COG.
We collaborate with many clinical trial organizations to provide research options for our patients including: