What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are the final stages of cancer research that assess a potential new drug or therapy that’s already been studied extensively in the laboratory. Trials are carefully monitored scientific studies that establish a treatment’s proper dose and whether it’s more effective and/or less toxic than current standard treatments.
Cancer is an evolving disease. It keeps mutating, changing its behavior and developing resistance to some treatments. We must always find new answers to beat it.Associate Professor of Oncology
Why it matters
If you have cancer, you need the best treatment or drug today. Participating in a clinical trial is the only way to access the very latest options, oftentimes years before they become available to other providers. Some of the newest FDA-approved immunotherapies have been available to patients at Roswell Park since 2011 through clinical trials. Our physicians have nearly a decade of experience with these therapies now, and many of our patients were among the first to benefit from them.
What options are available to kidney cancer patients?
The robust research program at Roswell Park provides patients with more options to maximize their survival, including trials that offer:
- Latest new agents – Roswell Park has multiple trials that offer new agents (potential new drugs) to kill cancer cells or agents that may maximize the effect of other standard treatments.
- New drug combinations – Researchers are evaluating different combinations and different sequences of immunotherapy and targeted therapy drugs.
- New preventive approaches to prevent disease recurrence after surgery