Cancer Clinical Trials

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The cure rate for childhood cancer has improved greatly in the last two decades largely because of treatment in national clinical trials.

Clinical trials are designed to test new and potentially better treatments against those treatments considered standard in the hope of finding better treatments for childhood cancer and related disorders. Clinical trials are ongoing in most parts of the country for most types of childhood cancer. The good news is that Children's Oncology Group clinical trials are closely overseen by a data monitoring committee. As soon as one treatment is found to work more effectively than another, the treating physicians are notified immediately, and your child's treatment changed immediately, if necessary.

The following is a list of open clinical trials available at Children's Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology as of May 2007. This list is constantly changing, so please contact Principal Investigator Dr. Megan Burke at 216.444.5517 to discuss your child's needs with us.