As an academic medical center, research is core to Stony Brook's mission because it helps to advance the practice of medicine and raises the standard of care in the community.
Pediatric cancer patients at Stony Brook have the advantage of access to a wide range of research and clinical studies, many of which are promising new treatments that one day may be the standard of care All eligible patients are invited to participate in appropriate clinical trials, but there is no obligation that they do so. Approximately two-thirds of our pediatric cancer patients have been enrolled in clinical trials and other investigational therapies. Stony Brook's rate of clinical trial participation is equal to or greater than national statistics.
Because it is so important to continue improving therapies and developing new treatments for cancer and blood disorders, ongoing research is a priority at the Department of Hematology/Oncology. In addition, we participate in a variety of research projects including:
These studies investigate the biology of cancer. At Stony Brook, we are:
- Looking at the unique biological features of an individual’s cancer in order to provide a personalized treatment approach.
- Using biologic features of one’s cancer to provide better treatment plans.
- Exploring why novel treatment strategies may work/fail.
We collaborate with other researchers at Stony Brook University Cancer Center on research pertinent to childhood cancers, and adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers.
Clinical Treatment Studies
As a full member of the Children’s Oncology Group, Stony Brook physicians have access to the most current cutting-edge cancer treatment clinical protocols that explore treatments to increase cure and reduce unwanted late effects of cancer treatment. In addition to participating in clinical trials on cancer care, we also participate in selected clinical trials on non-malignant blood disorders.
Late Effect Studies
These studies investigate what happens to the body after a child has completed cancer treatment. Currently we have studies exploring bone health, cardiac function, kidney function, fertility and cognitive/psychological outcomes after treatment.
By facilitating medical education, Stony Brook remains on the leading edge of medicine, continually invigorating its program with fresh viewpoints, a lively exchange of ideas, and the region's next generation of top doctors. Currently both medical students and pediatric residents participate in rotations through the department.