Research & Innovation
What is the latest research on cerebellar low-grade gliomas?
Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center is a member of the Pediatric Oncology Therapeutic Experimental Investigators Consortium (POETIC), a collaborative clinical research group offering experimental therapies to patients with relapsed or refractory disease.
We’re also the New England Phase I Center of the Children's Oncology Group. The DFCHCC is also home to the only dedicated pediatric low-grade glioma program (Pediatric Low-Grade Astrocytoma (PLGA) Research Program). In addition to the discovery of a number of novel targets, this program has initiated a number of phase II protocols using molecular inhibitors for children with progressive/recurrent low-grade glioma.
There are many ways in which your child might benefit from our medical research program. Our doctors and scientists have made many breakthrough discoveries about diseases like polio and leukemia; our ongoing innovative research continues to push the boundaries of the way pediatric medicine is practiced.
It’s possible that your child will be eligible to participate in one of our current clinical trials. These studies are useful for a multitude of reasons:
Some trials are designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular drug, treatment or therapy on a specific disease; others help doctors to better understand how and why certain conditions occur. At any given time,
We have hundreds of clinical trials underway. Of course, your motives as a parent needn’t be entirely altruistic—you’ll naturally want to know how taking part in a trial can immediately benefit your child. If your child’s physician recommends participation in one of Children’s clinical trials, that likely means that your child’s physician believes that the plan outlined in that trial represents the absolute best, latest care your child can possibly receive.
And participation in any clinical trial is completely voluntary: We will take care to fully explain all elements of the treatment plan prior to the start of the trial, and you may remove your child from the medical study at any time.
To search for a cancer trial at Dana Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, go to:
To search the NIH’s list of clinical trials taking place around the world, go to: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/search