Clinical trials are research studies that help medical professionals improve detection and treatment of illnesses. Our clinical trials program enrolls client-owned animals to evaluate the effectiveness of new drugs, find novel uses of old drugs, or investigate new approaches to surgery and/or radiation therapy to treat cancer. We learn valuable information from every patient and we use this information to improve their care as well as the care of future patients, both pets and people.
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.
Reasons to Consider A Clinical Trial for Your Pet
Contribute to research that discovers better treatments for pets and people with cancer;
Standard treatment options are no longer effective;
Disease is unlikely to have significant response to standard treatment options;
Unable to pursue standard treatment options;
Your pet may be eligible for one or more of our clinical trials depending on the diagnosis and overall health of your animal. Initially, your oncology clinician will discuss all standard treatment options with you. They will also offer you the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial if appropriate, or to consult with a clinical trials team member to learn more. We realize that your first visit to the Flint Animal Cancer Center can be very emotional, and the amount of information you are provided with can seem overwhelming. For this reason, we have a special team to help clients understand the language and requirements of clinical trials. You will see these people at every visit while participating in a clinical trial.
Our goal is to provide you with a thorough understanding of our clinical trials, explain what is in store for you and your pet, and offer compassionate care throughout the treatment period.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 one of our clinical trials, patients must be treated at our facility, but will go home with you after each appointment, 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, Colorado 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.