Cancer clinical trials are carefully regulated at multiple levels— locally by our institutional committees and nationally by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Participation is voluntary. We will explain each trial, including the procedures, treatment plan, potential risks, and benefits. You have the right to choose your treatment after a thorough discussion with your health care providers. You help translate laboratory discoveries into practical applications with your participation.
Patients are enrolled in clinical trials when conventional cancer treatment therapies have not been successful. These studies allow researchers and investigators to learn more about cancer and how to effectively treat it within a voluntary patient pool who are interested in helping advance the science of cancers. About 75 percent of our clinical trial patients come to our center after exhausting conventional treatment at their local oncologist’s office.
“With a more basic understanding of how chemotherapy damages normal tissues such as the heart, we can begin to develop new medicines that protect vulnerable organs from the damage that results in late health effects in survivors.”
Dr. Gregory Aune, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics