Clinical trials are a form of research designed to help answer specific questions about your disease. Some trials allow patients access to novel treatments that are not yet available through standard clinical practice. Other trials compare new approaches to surgery, drug therapies, or radiation therapy. Many trials also evaluate the quality of life of patients with cancer.
During consultation, your physician will discuss any clinical trials that you may be eligible to participate in, and discuss the purpose, risks, and potential benefits of the trial. Participation in clinical trials is voluntary. Patients enrolled in clinical trials often receive extra care coordination and attention from the clinical trials staff. Participation in clinical trials can also help researchers find better treatments for others in the future, just as today’s patients benefit from the advancements in treatment that were made in past clinical trials.
Consult your physician to learn more about clinical trials.
The Proton Registry serves as a basis to continue communication long after treatment to better understand outcomes.
To understand the success rate and side effects of treatment, it is important to maintain long-term follow-up with our patients after treatment. Participation in our proton registry study allows us to maintain periodic long-term contact after treatment ends, even if you are not able to return in person. In this way we can better understand the outcomes of treatment.
Working with other proton therapy centers across the country, we can better understand the benefits of proton therapy in different diseases, develop additional evidence that supports the value of proton therapy in different conditions, and help us make better decisions about the type of treatments we use in the care of future patients.
You will be offered the opportunity to participate in our registry. Your oncologist will discuss it with you further and answer questions you may have.
Request an Appointment
Referring physicians and caregivers with questions about proton therapy and its appropriateness for their child patient's cancers can schedule a consultation with a Winship radiation oncology expert by calling 1-833-3PROTON (1-833-377-6866).