Clinical Trials for Leukemia

If you’re diagnosed with leukemia, you can’t wait six to 12 months for the FDA to approve a drug. You need it now. Our goal is to provide our patients with cutting-edge, groundbreaking therapies even before those treatments are widely available. For example, in a recent two-year period, the FDA approved nine new leukemia therapies. Roswell Park patients already had access to seven of those drugs long before.

Clinical Trials Info Sheet
Clinical trials info sheet - What you need to know about clinical trials.

Half or more of all Roswell Park patients are eligible to enroll in a clinical trial of a promising new treatment. All of today’s standard treatments had to be tested in clinical trials before they received FDA approval.

Through clinical trials, leukemia patients at Roswell Park were among the first to benefit from imatinib mesylate (Gleevec®), FDA-approved in 2001 for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).

Between 2017-2019, the FDA approved nine new drugs for different categories of patients with acute myeloid leukemia. Roswell Park patients who enrolled in clinical trials had access to seven of these drugs prior to FDA approval, including:

  • Ivosidenib (Tibsovo®) — FDA-approved in July 2018 and May 2019.
  • Venetoclax (Venclexta®) — FDA-approved in November 2018.
  • Glasdegib (Daurismo) — FDA-approved in November 2018.
  • Gilteritinib (Xospata®)— FDA-approved in November 2018.
  • Gemtuzumab ozogamicin (Mylotarg) — FDA-approved in September 2017.
  • Enasidenib (Idhifa®) — FDA-approved in August 2017.
  • Midostaurin (Rydapt®) —FDA-approved in April 2017.

In addition, patients with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) who enrolled in a clinical trial received treatment with tagraxofusp-erzs (Elzonris) before it was approved by the FDA.

Available clinical trials

New clinical trials become available everyday. Talk to your oncologist about which ones might be right for your cancer. Learn more about our current clinical trials.

Available clinical trials