Promising new treatments to fight childhood cancers
At UW Health, we provide expert cancer care for children. For most of our patients, that care includes participation in clinical trials. We develop exciting new trials based on findings we’ve discovered. Some of these are only offered here. We also take part in multi-center trials. These trials test new treatments on children throughout the country.
Clinical trials benefit future patients but can also offer hope in cases where your child’s cancer has not responded to standard treatments or has returned. No matter the trial, we always prioritize your child’s safety and comfort.
About clinical trials
What is a clinical trial?
Discoveries in medicine are often made through research. Clinical trials are research studies that test promising new treatments to see how effective they are.
New therapies may come with some risk, but we make every effort to minimize that risk. Your child will receive careful follow-up and ongoing medical care throughout the trial.
All participants receive treatment of some sort. We rarely use placebos (harmless, noneffective treatments) in cancer research.
Who may participate in a clinical trial?
Trials are available for children with all different types and stages of cancer. In most cases, there are specific criteria that participants must meet. These might include having a certain type of cancer, for instance, or a certain treatment history.
The treatment process
Taking part in a clinical trial at American Family Children’s Hospital
Your child’s doctor may refer you to us. You can also learn about the trials we offer through Studyfinder.
Additionally, you can learn about some of our trials by watching these videos:
How clinical trials work
If there’s a trial you would like to learn more about, these are the steps involved:
You may reach us by phone at (608) 890-8070 or online. We can help you learn more about the trials we currently offer.
Speak with our research team
If there’s a trial your child qualifies for, we invite you to meet with the research team. They will give you more information about the trial, the treatment involved and the potential benefits and risks. Email PedsHemOncResearch @lists.wisc.edu or call (608) 890-8070.
We will work together to decide if a clinical trial is a good option for your child. If you decide to have your child participate, you’ll sign an informed consent agreement.
Your child receives the treatment
Our team provides instructions for you and your child. We watch your child’s health closely with checkups and follow-up care through the trial’s completion. You’re free to withdraw your child at any point should you so choose.
Your clinical trial team
Many people may have roles in your child’s care during a clinical trial. These include our research coordinator, doctors and nurses. Child life specialists, social workers and others may assist your family as well.
Information for physicians
We’ve played leadership roles in the design, implementation and analyses of national clinical trials. We can help find trials that may be appropriate for your patients.
Clinical trials offered at UW Health
To learn more about pediatric oncology clinical trials now offered at UW, please visit:
Our research team at UW Health takes part in many cancer groups, including:
Patient and support services
More information about clinical trials
These resources may help you learn more about clinical trials: