Clinical trials are investigating more effective treatments for cancer and the prevention of side effects.
We are a member of the national clinical trials cooperative group specializing in radiation therapy, known as NRG Oncology (formerly the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, RTOG). Our department also supports the research efforts of these cooperative groups: Children's Oncology Group (COG), Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), and New Approaches to Brain Tumor Therapy (NABTT).
Additionally, the department is actively involved in pharmaceutical industry and independent clinical trials. All of these clinical trials are investigating new or additional treatment options which current research suggests may be better than the current standard treatments.
Should You Participate in a Clinical Trial?
Joining a clinical trial is one of the many important decisions faced by cancer patients. When considering a clinical trial, it is important to gather as much information as you need and to take the time necessaary to understand it. You need to weigh the possible benefits and risks for yourself. You may also find it helpful to talk to family or friends, your health-care providers, and anyone you know who has been in a clinical trial.