Research means doing a study in order to learn something new or answer a question, then sharing the answers with others. Clinical research refers to studies on human patients. Pediatric blood and cancer specialists have relied on clinical research to make great advances in treatment. Without families willing to participate in pediatric clinical research studies during treatment, it would be impossible to answer key questions about how to best treat children with cancer and blood disorders.
New research studies build on the results of past research studies and current treatments. Research studies are the building blocks of medical breakthroughs and cures.
Research can help to improve the health, medical care and quality of people’s lives. Some examples include:
- New drugs or therapies to help treat cancer and other illnesses.
- New ways to do surgery that are safer and help a child's body to heal more quickly.
- New technology that helps find cancer and other illnesses sooner.
Taking part in clinical research is always voluntary. Your child does not have to take part in a clinical research study to be treated at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service. Your choice will not affect how the Aflac Cancer Center staff feels about or treats you or your child. Your child will still get the same quality of care.
Find a Clinical Trial
|Visit our new online clinical trials database.
This tools allows you to easily search and view our open clinical trials. Here you will find a brief summary of each trial, objectives and eligibility criteria.
How Does Your Child Benefit from Clinical Research?
Children treated in clinical trials may benefit by getting the:
- Most up-to-date treatment available.
- Close follow-up that clinical trials require.
But there may not be a direct benefit to your child. Benefits will vary among different studies. In some cases, such as taking part in a registry, your child will not get any direct benefit. Instead, other children in the future may benefit from what is learned from your child’s data.
Your doctor can answer questions about the possible benefits of taking part in a pediatric clinical research study. Please talk with your child, your child’s doctor, your family members and others before deciding to take part in research.
Some questions you may want to ask about a treatment include:
- Which treatment do you advise and why?
- What is the chance that the treatment will work?
- How will we know if the treatment works?
- What are the risks of the treatment?
- How long will the treatment last?
- What do I need to do as a part of a research study that is different from the care my child would usually get?
- How much will the treatment cost, and who pays for the cost?
- How can I help prepare my child for the treatment?
- What are other alternatives?
Clinical Trial Organizations We Participate In
The Aflac Cancer Center actively participates in regional and national multi-institutional clinical trials and collaborative studies with the following:
Areas of Focus
The Aflac Cancer Center is committed to excellence and innovation in research in pediatric sickle cell disease. Specific areas of focus include:
- Evaluating health outcomes and new therapies, such as hydroxyurea and stem cell transplantation
- Improving the prevention of sickle cell disease complications
- Improving the quality of life for children affected by sickle cell disease
- Advancing the treatment of sickle cell disease
- Finding a cure
More information about pediatric research at the Aflac Cancer Center