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Clinical trials have treatment plans called protocols. To help ensure the most accurate results and findings, all patients on a clinical trial at all institutions must receive the same treatment.
Clinical trial protocols for children often are more aggressive than adult protocols, with higher dosages of chemotherapy given at more frequent intervals.
If your child participates in a clinical trial, data is submitted and analyzed throughout the study. Once the trial is complete, statisticians analyze data and decide which protocol is best for a specific disease. As a result, that therapy then becomes the standard treatment for children with that disease. Learn more about our research for cancer and blood disorders.
Over the years, clinical trials have made tremendous strides in improving outcomes for children with cancer. In fact, Children’s Hospital Colorado’s survival rates correlate with the level of participation in clinical trials.
Younger children are much more likely to be enrolled in clinical trials, and research shows that younger children have better outcomes. For example:
There is a lack of improvement in survival for young adolescents and adults as compared to younger children, which appears to be directly related to enrollment in clinical trials. To decrease the disparity, Children’s Colorado is opening more clinical trials to adolescents and young adults; there is even a trial for patients up to age 50. Extensive research supports that it is better for a 16-year-old to come to Children’s Colorado for treatment than to go to an adult hospital.