Write Your Next Chapter with a Clinical Trial
The University of Kansas Cancer Center continues to be a leader in new therapeutic phase one clinical trials and translating laboratory discoveries into new treatments. Watch the video
Medical research finds ways to help people live longer, improve their quality of life and manage or cure disease. This is possible because of the people who volunteer to participate in clinical trials. Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. These trials look at new ways to prevent, detect or treat disease.
Participating in clinical trials may offer you access to promising therapies and will contribute to research that can improve care for future generations of cancer patients.
Our Patients Share Their Experiences
Rising to the challenge
Anne Holzbeierlein was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and needed a bone marrow transplant. She enrolled in a clinical trial, and received a half match transplant from her son. Two years later, she credits the power of research for her remission.
"I’ve always valued research and the idea of being part of something that can help people down the road," she noted. Read Anne's story.
Clinical trial is music to cancer patient's ears
Participating in a clinical trial helped retired high school chorus teacher Judy Bowser face the music when diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. That was seven years ago. Thanks to the clinical trial, Judy's cancer was completely eradicated.
“I feel really good about participating," Judy said. "Thousands of women before me were willing to be in clinical trials so better treatments would be available to me. I wanted to pay it forward. ” Read Judy's story.
Clinical trial following treatment
Michael Farmer had never had a colonoscopy. He appeared healthy until he thought he was having an appendicitis attack. Farmer had colon cancer. After treatment, he chose to enroll in a clinical trial.
“If I could help someone else avoid some of what I went through during treatment, then a clinical trial is the right thing to do,” Farmer said. “I wanted to help make a difference for another person.” Read Michael's story.
The power of hope
“I was so scared of dying, and I was mad,” said Jeanne Ackerson. “I was mad that I had to leave my husband. I was mad that I wouldn’t be able to see my grandsons grow up.”
Jeanne channeled her anger, started researching and decided she wanted to be treated at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Within a month, her oncologist had enrolled Jeanne in a clinical trial to treat her stage IIIB lung cancer. At the end of treatment, the tumor, which had been close to 7 centimeters, was all but gone. That was three years ago. Read Jeanne's story.
Roy A. Jensen, MD
Director, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Research at The University of Kansas Cancer Center
When we say The University of Kansas Cancer Center seeks to accelerate cancer prevention, discovery and care to save and improve lives, we feel a tremendous sense of urgency and accountability.
Cancer cases are predicted to increase by as much as 45 percent during the next 15 years. This means more than 20,000 people in the state of Kansas – our friends, family, even ourselves – may be diagnosed with cancer and in need of better treatment options in order to live. Read highlights of our recent research.
At The Forefront of Innovation
Cancer clinical trials provide access to potential advancements in care and lead to innovations in cancer prevention and treatment.
View our infographic about clinical trials to learn more.