To fulfill our commitment to advance the field of comparative oncology, each year, the Flint Animal Cancer Center engages in a variety of clinical trials serving about 100 patients. As research studies, clinical trials are used in all specialties of medicine to evaluate new types of treatment. Clinical trials may be designed to determine the anti-cancer effects and side effects of new drugs, new surgical procedures, new radiation therapy procedures, or novel approaches to treatment (such as gene therapy or immunotherapy).
Each clinical trial has specific eligibility criteria that need to be fulfilled in order for a pet to participate, and these vary among studies. Some clinical trials are designed for animals with a specific cancer diagnosis (i.e. lymphoma), while others are open to animals with a variety of cancer types. In general, animals need to be feeling relatively well overall and be otherwise healthy with no significant concurrent medical issues in order to qualify for clinical trials. In addition, the owners must be willing to comply with study protocols and commit to coming into the clinic for the visits that are required by the trial.
Clinical Trial Benefits
- Opportunity to receive a new treatment that is not currently available, which may have treatment effects similar or superior to the standard of care for that tumor type
- Financial incentives
- Treatments and/or diagnostics associated with the study often paid for by the clinical trial
- Some trials have additional financial incentives at the conclusion of the study that can be applied to further treatment for your pet
- Contribution to research with potential benefit for animals and/or humans in the future
If your pet participates in one of our clinical trials, our goal is to give you a thorough understanding of the process, explain the specific advantages and requirements for you and your pet, and provide compassionate care throughout the treatment period. In general, to participate in a Flint Animal Cancer Center clinical trial, patients must be treated at our facility, but will go home with you after each appointment, in general, unless the protocol dictates otherwise. Our nurses and veterinarians make certain they receive all the tests and treatments outlined in their specific protocol and that our patients are doing well during treatment. Most families who participate in our clinical trials live within 150 miles of Fort Collins or are willing to travel or temporarily relocate for the period of the study. The main goal for every patient is a good quality of life.