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. The trials are conducted to determine what maximum dose is considered safe, how well it works and whether it’s more effective than current standard treatments. Some trials study using existing cancer drugs in new ways or in new combinations with other drugs. All drugs and treatments currently used as standard of care were once studied in clinical trials.
Why clinical trials matter
The need for better and more effective treatments for sarcoma remains urgent. Participating in a clinical trial is the only way to access to the very latest drugs and treatment approaches, oftentimes years before they would become available to other providers.
What are the clinical trials for sarcoma?
The robust research program at Roswell Park provides our patients with more options to maximize their survival and quality of life. Some of our current work includes access to clinical trials that involve:
- Evaluating different chemotherapy schedules for optimal outcome
- Adding an immunotherapy drug to a chemotherapy regimen
- A new approach to pre-operative radiation therapy