Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Clinical Trials


The Vanderbilt Childhood Cancer Program provides options for pediatric cancer patients and their families. A collaboration between Children's Hospital and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the program is dedicated to providing the most current therapies and to advancing research in all types of childhood cancer.

Clinical Trials participant

One option for you and your child might be to participate in a clinical trial, which is an investigational cancer treatment being tested in a study. Over the years, the notion of clinical trials has changed. In the past, they were often seen as a last resort. Today, many families choose to receive their first treatment in a trial. Only you and your doctor can decide, but all cancer families should ask if a clinical trial is right for them.

Our Pediatric Clinical Trials Program is a partnership of Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Vanderbilt-Ingram is one of an elite group of National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are patient studies testing new treatments in children and adults with cancer. The goal of the trial is to find a better way to treat cancer. It may test new drugs, a new type of radiation therapy, new ways to do surgery, new combinations of treatments, or other innovative approaches to cancer care. For us, trials are the way we make improvements in cancer treatments. For children and their families, they may represent an important option.

Your child's best interests come first

The first step is talking to your doctor about whether your child might be eligible for a clinical trial. If your child does enter one, he or she may leave it at any time and receive standard therapies. Trials include a detailed "informed consent" to ensure families not only understand the key facts about a trial going in, but are also informed about developing facts during the course of the trial. No matter what course you take, we always respect and support your decision.

What the Vanderbilt Childhood Cancer Program offers

  • Dozens of trials for many types of cancer
  • Trials for both young adults and children
  • Innovative options available in a university setting, where research and clinical care are closely linked
  • A toll-free number you can call to discuss clinical trial options with a team of oncology nurses: (800) 811-8480
  • A searchable database of open and available trials:

Children's Hospital researcherReasons to choose a clinical trial

The family of a child with cancer chooses clinical trials for different reasons. Some participate because they and their doctor believe it offers them the best option. Some do so with the desire to help other patients and improve cancer care. The reasons may vary, but the most important thing is it's your choice.

If you would like to know more about the Vanderbilt Childhood Cancer Program, call (615) 936-1762.

Last Edited: June 29, 2016
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