At Memorial Sloan Kettering, your child or young adult may be able to take part in a clinical trial. This is also known as a clinical research study. In a clinical trial, doctors evaluate a new therapy or a combination of therapies that are already available. Through clinical trials, we can find out whether the new option is more effective than current pediatric leukemia treatments.
Nearly every cancer treatment used today exists because of a clinical trial. The goal of every clinical trial is to provide long-term, disease-free survival while minimizing the effects of treatment.We participate in many nationwide, multicenter clinical trials. We are a founding member of the Children’s Oncology Group and the coordinating center and co-founder of the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators’ Consortium.
Clinical trials may give your child access to new therapies developed at MSK that are not yet available elsewhere. If your child qualifies for a clinical trial, the decision to participate is entirely up to you and your family. Our experts are highly experienced and can guide you through the decision-making process. Whether your child receives standard treatment or therapy as part of a clinical trial, MSK doctors and staff will make sure that he or she is getting the best possible care.
Learn more about MSK’s current clinical trials for pediatric leukemia.