Immunotherapy Clinical Trials for Blood Cancers and Nonmalignant Disorders

The University of Kansas Cancer Center offers a number of immunotherapy clinical trials.

The following frequently asked questions provide information about clinical trials, including who can join and how to make travel arrangements. By taking part in a clinical trial, you will benefit from the expertise of the region’s largest hematologic malignancy and blood and marrow transplant program.

Download the PDF to learn about clinical trials, including eligibility and travel. By taking part in a trial, you will benefit from the expertise of the region’s largest blood and marrow transplant program.

What is immunotherapy?

This biological therapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma. Specific cells are removed from your body and modified or reprogrammed. When reinfused into your bloodstream, those cells have the ability to "hunt and destroy" the dangerous cancer cells.

Learn more about immunotherapy treatment.

How to take part in a trial

Each clinical trial has its own set of rules that determines who may take part. Physicians follow these guidelines when deciding who can enroll. Criteria may include your age, gender, type and stage of disease, prior treatment and other medical conditions. We are also limited on the number of participants for each trial.

Does my doctor need to refer me to the study?

No. You can contact us directly. If you are accepted into a trial, we will contact your primary care doctor or oncologist.

How do I get started?

There are two options for inquiry. You can complete and submit our immunotherapy trial form, or you can call us toll-free 844-323-1227 or 913-588-1227 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Standard Time. For international callers, dial 00-1-913-588-1227. We will contact you within 24 hours of receiving your message.

What to expect when we contact you

To assess your eligibility for the trial, we will contact your doctor(s) and request your medical records, including any recent tests and lab results. To do this, we will ask you for:

  • Physician/healthcare provider names
  • Physician/healthcare provider locations
  • Insurance provider and group number

Will my insurance cover a trial?

Not all health insurance plans cover clinical trials. Our patient financial counselors will assess your insurance coverage prior to your initial visit. 

What if I am not a local resident?

If you live outside the Kansas City area, we help you arrange travel and lodging and identify local amenities. You must remain in the Kansas City metro during your time in a trial if you are not a local resident.

Where can I find travel and lodging information?

Our concierge service is here to assist you with lodging, transportation and other amenities. Contact our dedicated travel consultant and concierge assistant toll-free at 844-323-1227, then press 4 to speak with a travel concierge. For international callers, dial 00-1-913-588-1227. Our travel concierge is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Standard Time.

Ask the concierge to send or email you a Patient Comfort & Travel Guide for information on nearby lodging, dining and other amenities.

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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials can give you access to potentially effective new drugs, therapies and diagnostic tools in research.

Let us match you to an open trial. Contact our clinical trials nurse navigator, 913-945-7552.