First National Clinical Trial for Incurable Children’s Cancer Launched by Van Andel Institute

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The first national clinical trial ever approved to study all incurable children’s cancers is underway at Van Andel Institute.

Of the 10,000 pediatric cancer cases diagnosed each year, about 25 percent are considered incurable even with aggressive treatments. The study will analyze the molecular makeup and genetic mutations of individual tumors to create a targeted treatment plan for each patient.

“We are very excited to have this study at Van Andel Institute,” said Dr. Giselle Sholler, the pediatric oncologist leading the research.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the study, which will include up to 50 patients and will be conducted at 15 hospitals around the country, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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