As a patient at MSK, your child or young adult may be able to take part in a clinical trial, also known as a clinical research study. In a clinical trial, doctors evaluate a new therapy or a therapy combination to find out whether it is more effective than current treatments. Nearly every cancer treatment used today exists because of a clinical trial. For every trial, the goal is the same: to provide long-term, disease-free survival.
Our patients have access to many of the latest clinical trials, some of which are available only at MSK. We also take part in many nationwide clinical trials as a founding member of the Children’s Oncology Group, as the coordinating center and co-founder of the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators’ Consortium, and through other multicenter trial networks across the United States.
The decision to have your child take part in a clinical trial is entirely up to you and your family. Regardless of whether your child gets standard treatment or therapy through a clinical trial, he or she will benefit from MSK’s ongoing commitment to excellence in patient care.