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KaCrole Higgins was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020. “In May 2020, I found a lump in my breast. I cried. By June, it was diagnosed as breast cancer, triple positive, stage 1A. While getting this cancer diagnosis was devastating, it also became an opportunity. Suddenly, the cancer gave me clarity. It gave me clarity about what was important, what was good in my life, what was toxic in my life, and what I needed to do.” Click below to read more of KaCrole’s story

If Landon Ryan had been diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma 10, 20 or 30 years ago, she might not be here today with nearly perfect vision.Thanks to recent improvements in the treatment for this rare form of cancer that almost exclusively affects children under the age of 5, the diagnosis had the power to change Landon’s life when she was 11 months old, but not to take it — or her eyesight. Click below to learn more about Landon and her story.
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An Imaging Agent (89Zr Panitumumab) with PET/CT for Diagnosing Primary Lesions and/or Metastases in Patients with Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma


This phase I trial evaluates the usefulness of an imaging agent (zirconium Zr 89 panitumumab [89Zr panitumumab]) with positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) for diagnosing primary tumors and/or the spread of disease from where it first started (primary site) to other places in the body (metastasis) in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. 89Zr panitumumab is an investigational imaging agent that contains a small amount of radiation, which makes it visible on PET scans. PET is an established imaging technique that utilizes small amounts of radioactivity attached to very minimal amounts of tracer, in the case of this research, 89Zr panitumumab, to allow imaging of the function of different cells and organs in the body. CT utilizes x-rays that traverse the body from the outside. CT images provide an exact outline of organs and potential disease tissue where it occurs in patients body. The combined PET/CT scanner is a special type of scanner that allows imaging of both structure (CT) and function (PET) following the injection of 89Zr panitumumab. This 89Zr panitumumab PET/CT may be useful in diagnosis of primary tumors and/or metastasis in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
Topf, Michael

Product Surveillance Registry

The purpose of the Registry is to provide continuing evaluation and periodic reporting of
safety and effectiveness of Medtronic market-released products. The Registry data is intended
to benefit and support interests of patients, hospitals, clinicians, regulatory bodies,
payers, and industry by streamlining the clinical surveillance process and facilitating
leading edge performance assessment via the least burdensome approach.
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Shen, Sharon

Observation of Low-Dose Skin Electron Therapy in Patients with Refractory or Relapsed Stage IB-IIIA Mycosis Fungoides


This trial collects data on response to low-dose skin electron therapy in patients with stage IB-IIIA mycosis fungoides that does not respond to treatment (refractory) or has come back (relapsed). Collecting data on patient's response to therapy, both in terms of changes in the skin and in terms of quality of life following treatment, may help doctors better predict response to therapy.
Kirschner, Austin

Virtual Patient-Specific 3D Specimen Maps for Adjuvant Head & Neck Radiotherapy Planning


This study measures the impact of patient-specific 3D specimen maps on adjuvant radiation treatment volumes and doses to critical organs.
Topf, Michael

Intraoperative Identification and Stimulation of the Glossopharyngeal Nerve


This clinical trial evaluates different nerve patterns to the throat muscles (stylopharyngeus and pharyngeal constrictor) and what they look like in different patients by measuring and photographing them in the neck during surgery when the nerves are dissected (separated into pieces) as part of regular surgical care. Researchers think that some of the muscles in the neck might be useful for treating a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This happens when muscles of the throat relax at night and the airway becomes blocked. Blockage of airflow leads to drops in oxygen levels and can disturb sleep by forcing a persons brain to wake to restore airway muscles so they can breathe. This trial may help researchers provide a new way to treat OSA that may be better than the current standard ones.
Ceremsak, John

Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplantation in Sickle Cell Patients (BMTCTN1507)


This is a Phase II, single arm, multi-center trial, designed to estimate the efficacy and
toxicity of haploidentical bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in patients with sickle cell
disease (SCD). Based on their age and entry criteria patients are stratified into two groups:
(1) children with severe SCD; and (2) adults with severe SCD.
Kassim, Adetola

Project: Every Child for Younger Patients with Cancer


This study gathers health information for the Project: Every Child for younger patients with cancer. Gathering health information over time from younger patients with cancer may help doctors find better methods of treatment and on-going care.
Friedman, Debra

A Multicenter Access and Distribution Protocol for Unlicensed Cryopreserved Cord Blood Units (CBUs)


This study is an access and distribution protocol for unlicensed cryopreserved cord blood
units (CBUs) in pediatric and adult patients with hematologic malignancies and other
Kassim, Adetola

CIBMTR Research Database


The primary purpose of the Research Database is to have a comprehensive source of
observational data that can be used to study HSC transplantation and cellular therapies.

A secondary purpose of the Research Database is to have a comprehensive source of data to
study marrow toxic injuries.


To learn more about what makes stem cell transplants and cellular therapies work well such

- Determine how well recipients recover from their transplants or cellular therapy;

- Determine how recovery after a transplant or cellular therapy can be improved;

- Determine how a donor's or recipient's genetics impact recipient recovery after a
transplant or cellular therapy;

- Determine how access to transplant or cellular therapy for different groups of patients
can be improved;

- Determine how well donors recover from the collection procedures.
Kassim, Adetola

Vincristine Pharmacokinetics in Infants


This pilot trial compares drug exposure levels using a new method for dosing vincristine in infants and young children compared to the standard dosing method based on body surface area (BSA) in older children. Vincristine is an anticancer drug used to a variety of childhood cancers. The doses anticancer drugs in children must be adjusted based on the size of the child because children vary significantly in size (height, weight, and BSA) and ability to metabolize drugs from infancy to adolescence. The dose of most anticancer drugs is adjusted to BSA, which is calculated from a patients weight and height. However, infants and young children have more severe side effects if the BSA is used to calculate their dose, so new dosing models have to be made to safely give anticancer drugs to the youngest patients. This new method uses a BSA-banded approach to determine the dose. Collecting blood samples before and after a dose of the drug will help researchers determine whether this new vincristine dosing method results in equivalent drug levels in the blood over time in infants and young children compared to older children.
Borinstein, Scott