Orthopedic Cancer Clinic Trials

Cancers of the bone and soft tissue can be complex to treat. Often, a clinical trial can provide a new option when other treatment options aren't the best solution for you. When you participate in a clinical trial you can get access to treatments years before they are available to the public.

Orthopedic cancer clinical trials are research studies that test the newest medical procedures or drugs to determine how safe and effective they are. These studies help to inform doctors and scientists about new and emerging cancer therapies, how they should be used, and which patients will benefit the most from these approaches.

The MedStar Health Research Institute conducts clinical investigations to improve the ability to diagnose and treat patients with orthopedic tumors. By participating in a clinical study at MedStar Health, you can not only play an active role in the treatment of your cancer, but possibly help others with orthopedic cancers in the future.

Because MedStar Health has an NCI-affiliated Cancer Center, we have access to the latest clinical trials available. Patients who participate in clinical trials receive, often at reduced or no cost:

  • The most advanced treatment options possible
  • Specialized, coordinated team-based care
  • Be among the first to benefit from a new therapy
  • An opportunity to help future cancer patients

How to Participate in a Clinic Trial for Orthopedic Cancer

To find out more about clinical trials taking place at the MedStar Health Research Institute, please call 301-560-7300.

The search for a clinical trial begins with your orthopedic cancer team. They will know which trials are available and what is most appropriate to explore based on your cancer type and stage. You can also search for trials online several ways:

Clinical Trials Frequently Asked Questions >>

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Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Soft-tissue sarcomas are rare cancerous tumors that can grow in:

  • Blood vessels
  • Fat
  • Muscle
  • Nerves

About half of all soft-tissue sarcomas appear in the arms and legs. The rest appear in the head, neck, or trunk.

Our doctors have a vast amount of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of many types of soft-tissue sarcomas, including:

    Angiosarcoma of bone develops from the blood vessels and typically affects the long bones of the body. These tumors most frequently affect adults who are 60 and older.
  • Hemangioendothelioma develops in the epithelial cells, which line the inside of blood vessels. These tumors affect the soft tissues, liver, lungs, and bones.
  • Hemangiopericytoma develops in the brain, pelvis, head, and neck, though the tumors can be found anywhere in the body where blood vessels are present. These tumors can be benign or cancerous.
  • Hemangiosarcoma develops from the blood vessels in the arms, legs, head, and trunk.
  • Leiomyosarcoma develops from smooth muscles used to control the movement of internal organs and blood vessels. These tumors tend to affect adults.
  • Liposarcoma develops from fatty tissues and appears most often in the legs and trunk.
  • Lymphangiosarcoma develops from the lymph vessels and appears in the arms. It tends to affect tissues that may have been exposed to radiation.
  • Fibrosarcoma and malignant fibrous histiocytoma develops in the tendons, ligaments, fat, or muscle that surround the bones and affects the arms, legs, or jaw. It is most common in older adults.
  • Neurofibrosarcoma develops from nerves and appears most often in the legs, arms, and trunk.
  • Radiation induced sarcoma develops in patients who have had previous radiation therapy. This sarcoma typically appears within 10 years of radiation therapy and tends to be considered a high-grade or more aggressive type of tumor.
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma develops from skeletal muscles used to move bones. It tends to affect young children and appears most often in the arms and legs.
  • Synovial sarcoma develops from tissues that cushion the joints, such as knees and elbows. It tends to affect children and teens.

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Bone Sarcomas

Sarcomas are tumors that occur in bones or soft tissue, such as muscles, fat, and nerve tissue. Our doctors classify sarcomas according to the type of tissue in which they start. Primary bone sarcomas begin in the bones, while secondary tumors begin in a different part of the body and spread to the bones.

Learn more about our cancer diagnostic and treatment options.

Osteosarcoma

Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer. Most osteosarcomas occur in children and young adults, though they can develop at any age.

There are three grades of osteosarcomas:

  • High-grade
  • Intermediate-grade
  • Low-grade

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High-Grade Osteosarcomas

There are three main types of high-grade osteosarcomas:

  • Intracortical osteosarcoma is the rarest type of osteosarcoma. We commonly find it in the arms or legs of patients who are 30 or younger.
  • High-grade surface osteosarcoma (juxtacortical high-grade) is the least common of surface osteosarcomas found in the legs or arms. We usually treat these tumors through surgery, as well as chemotherapy before and after surgery.
  • Telangiectatic osteosarcoma is a rare form of osteosarcoma most commonly found in patients who are 15 to 20.

Intermediate Osteosarcomas

The main type of intermediate osteosarcoma we treat is periosteal osteosarcoma (juxtacortical intermediate-grade). We most commonly find this type of sarcoma in the upper and lower parts of the leg.

Most patients with periosteal osteosarcoma are between the ages of 10 and 20. We usually treat these tumors with the same therapies as low-grade osteosarcomas.

Low Grade Osteosarcomas

There are three main types of low-grade osteosarcomas:

  • Conventional intramedullary osteosarcoma starts in the bones of the arms, legs, or pelvis. This type of sarcoma appears more often in males than females and in patients under 30.
  • Low grade intraosseous osteosarcoma is typically found around the knee. It only occurs in 1 percent to 2 percent of all osteosarcoma patients, usually in adults older than 20.
  • Parosteal osteosarcoma is typically found behind the knee. It is most commonly diagnosed in women who are between 20 and 40.

Chondrosarcoma

Chondrosarcoma is the second most common type of bone cancer. It begins in the cartilage and tends to become more common as patients age past 20.

There are many types of chondrosarcoma, including:

  • Clear-cell chondrosarcoma is most commonly found in the upper arms and legs. The prognosis for this type of cancer is typically better than for other chondrosarcomas.
  • Conventional chondrosarcoma is the most common type of chondrosarcoma and typically does not spread.
  • Dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma is a very aggressive form of bone cancer. Treatment can include surgery and chemotherapy.
  • Juxtacortical (periosteal) chondrosarcoma is found in the upper leg, upper arm, pelvis, or ribs. These types of tumors are most common in patients younger than 20.
  • Mesenchymal chondrosarcoma is found in the jaw, pelvis, spine, and shoulder blade. It is most common in adults 30 and older.
  • Secondary chondrosarcoma is a rare type of bone cancer. This type of cancer can be difficult to diagnose, although it has a high survival rate.

Other Types of Bone Sarcomas

Our doctors have a vast amount of expertise in the treatment of many other forms of bone sarcoma in addition to osteosarcomas. These types of tumors include:

  • Adamantinoma is a rare form of bone cancer that we most often find in the shinbone. This type of sarcoma can affect anyone, although it occurs most frequently in younger men between the ages of 20 and 35.
  • Chordoma is a rare type of cancer occurring in the bones at the base of the skull and spine, usually in the sacrum or area where the two hipbones of the pelvis meet.
  • Ewing tumor is the third most common type of bone cancer. Also known as Ewing’s sarcoma, this sarcoma can either begin in the bones or in the soft tissue. Ewing tumors occur most often in children and teens.
  • Fibrosarcoma of bone is a rare cancer that is most common in the legs or trunk of the body. It can affect patients of all ages.
  • Lymphoma of bone is very rare, occurring in only 3 percent of cancerous bone tumors. It is most common in patients over age 30, affecting more men than women.
  • Malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) of bone is a rare type of tumor that typically affects adults in their 50s. Treatment can include surgery and radiation therapy
  • Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow. This tumor type most commonly affects patients older than 65.
  • Paget’s sarcoma is a rare type of bone cancer that occurs in older patients with extensive Paget’s disease, a chronic disease that involves the deterioration of bone tissue in the spine, skull, or pelvis.
  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) is a rare, malignant tumor that forms from early nerve cells. PNET is most common in children and young adults. We typically find PNET in the brain’s cerebrum, and it is among the most aggressive kind of tumors found in children.

Benign Orthopedic Tumors

Not all tumors of the bones and connecting tissues lead to cancer. However, benign orthopedic tumors may still lead to serious problems. Without proper treatment, these tumors can put pressure on healthy bones and tissues, which can lead to discomfort or issues with your bone and muscle structure.

Though some childhood benign orthopedic tumors can disappear over time, many require expert treatment. We use the latest methods to diagnose and treat the following types of these tumors:

  • Aneurysmal bone cysts are most common in children and young adults. These cysts can cause the bones in the arms, legs, trunk, or skull to expand in a way that causes pressure and pain. They often come back after removal.
  • Benign fibrous histiocytoma is a rare type of tumor, making up only 1 percent of all benign bone tumors. These tumors are most often found in adults age 20 and older, and they can appear in many parts of the body, including the knee, hip, or skull.
  • Bone island (enostosis) is most commonly found in the upper leg, ribs, and pelvis. These tumors do not need to be removed, though they can become quite large.
  • Chondroblastoma is a rare benign tumor that grows near the ends of the thighbone, shinbone, and upper arm bone. They typically occur in children and young adults and are more common in males.
  • Chrondromyxofibroma is very rare and usually occurs in patients younger than 30. Surgery is the most common type of treatment for these types of tumors.
  • Desmoplastic fibroma is a rare tumor that affects children and young adults. It is most common in the bones of the face, skull, upper arms, and upper legs.
  • Enchondroma is most common in the hands and feet, though it can also affect the thighbone, upper arm, or lower parts of the leg. A condition in which a patient has many enchondromas is called enchondromatosis.
  • Eosinophilic granuloma can be found anywhere in the body but is most common in the skull, spine, ribs, and upper arms and legs. It typically affects children and young adults.
  • Fibrous dysplasia causes scar like tissue to develop in place of normal bone. This type of bone disorder is rare and most common in children younger than 10.
  • Ganglion (intraosseous) are cysts that commonly form along the tendons or joints of the wrist or hand. We can remove these surgically, though many go away on their own.
  • Giant cell tumors can be cancerous or benign, though cancerous versions are rare. Giant-cell tumors appear in the arms or legs. They can be removed, though they often recur.
  • Hemangioma can occur anywhere in the body, including the bone, internal organs, muscle, and skin. Most do not require any treatment.
  • Melorheostosis affects the growth and development of bone and soft tissue. It can cause chronic pain; stiff muscles, tendons, and ligaments; and deformities of the limb, hand, or foot.
  • Nonossifying fibroma is the most common bone tumor in kids. The tumors do not generally cause pain and often go away on their own without treatment.
  • Osteoblastoma tumors can be found anywhere in the body, though they are most common in the spine. If the tumors grow large and become painful, we usually recommend surgery to remove them.
  • Osteochondroma is a very common type of tumor affecting the legs, pelvis, and shoulder blade. Most patients are between 10 and 30.
  • Osteoma is a type of benign head tumor. The tumor can cause headaches, sinus infections, or hearing and vision problems.
  • Osteoid osteomas can be extremely painful due to chemicals released by the tumor into the surrounding nerves. They can appear anywhere in the bone.
  • Periosteal chondroma tumors often occur in the fingers, toes, upper arms, or thighbones. They are most common in people younger than 30. Periosteal chondromas can cause swelling and dull, achy pain at the tumor site.

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Symptoms and Risks of Orthopedic Cancer

Any cancer diagnosis is scary and life-changing, but there is something about cancer that begins in or spread to the bones that can feel incredibly distressing to patients and their families. Many patients wonder "why didn't I see the signs?" or "could this have been prevented?"

The orthopedic oncology specialists and researchers at MedStar Health treat thousands of patients with both common and rare orthopedic tumors each year and have treated many variations of the disease at all stages of diagnosis.

Signs and Symptoms of Orthopedic Tumors

  • Bone pain that comes and goes or gets worse at night
  • Swelling or tenderness, with or without bone pain
  • Weak bones or easy fractures
  • Extreme fatigue or weight loss

These symptoms can also be attributed to non-cancerous conditions or osteoporosis. If you have any of the above symptoms, see your primary care physician right away.

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Orthopedic Cancer Risk Factors

There is no clear cause of bone or soft tissue cancer, but doctors and researchers have determined factors that increase risk:

Previous Treatments

  • Previous radiation therapy
  • Previous chemotherapy
  • Metal implants
  • Bone marrow (stem cell) transplantation

Genetic Factors

  • Osteosarcoma in a family member
  • Hereditary retinoblastoma (a rare eye cancer cause by genetic mutation)

Current or Previous Conditions

  • Cancer that has spread from another area of the body
  • Paget's disease
  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • Rothmund-Thomson syndrome
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Diamond-Blackfan anemia
  • Children born with umbilical hernia

Family history of osteosarcoma or other orthopedic cancers is a known risk factor for patients. Genetic counseling can help assess your risk of orthopedic cancers based on your family medical history.

Orthopedic Cancer Prevention

Because it is not clear what causes orthopedic cancer, it is difficult to determine ways to prevent the disease. As with any cancer, though, the key to better outcomes is early detection of orthopedic cancer and of any cancer type, preventing metastatis to the bones. Your outcomes can also be improved with a healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle that includes optimal nutrition, exercise and stress reduction.

Our Locations

Orthopaedic Cancer at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
The National Center for Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 2200
Baltimore, MD 21237

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Preventing Urologic Cancer

The urologic oncology specialists and researchers at MedStar treat hundreds of patients with urologic and rare cancers each year, with prostate cancer as the most common. Many patients wonder "how could I have prevented this?" or "how can my children prevent this?"

Scientific investigations into cancer risk factors are constant and ongoing and there are known risks you can take into consideration right away. Smoking is one of the clearest risk factors across all urologic cancers. At the same time, there seems to be a never-ending list of substances (like artificial sweeteners, aspirin, and soymilk) said to cause cancer, though there are no conclusive studies. Also, history has shown us that things believed to cause cancer are often later shown to help fight it, and vice versa.

Unfortunately, if you have a genetic tie to the disease, there is no way to prevent it, but there are ways to be better prepared through genetic counseling.

Urologic Cancer Risk Factors

The best thing you can do for yourself is to lead a healthy lifestyle, avoid smoking, get regular exercise, and eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Never miss your annual screenings and, if you have a family history of cancer, make your screenings and examinations an even higher priority.

  • Stop smoking - known to contribute to renal, bladder, penile and prostate cancer, and makes fighting off any disease more challenging.
  • Maintain a normal body weight and control blood pressure - which can help prevent renal and prostate cancer.
  • Use condoms - this helps to prevent the spread of human papillomavirus, which can lead to cancers in both men and women.
  • Limit exposure to toxic chemical and paint products.
  • Mediterranean diet - some studies show a diet focused on healthy oils, fruits and vegetables and lean proteins is connected to lower rates of cancer.
  • Practice good hygiene of the genital area.
  • Perform regular self checks - like a monthly self-check for testicular cancer.
  • Attend annual check-ups - never miss your annual visit to the doctor. If you have a family history, screenings might be more frequent.

Smoking Cessation at MedStar

Are you ready to be smoke free? Quitting smoking is one of the best lifestyle changes you can make to prevent cancers and a host of other diseases. MedStar Health provides FREE smoking cessation support through Stop Smoking Today, designed to help you kick the habit for good.

Stop Smoking Today is a six-week program taught by nurses who are certified tobacco treatment specialists (CTTS). The program is designed to provide highly motivated adults with lifestyle and habit counseling and to provide the encouragement needed to become smoke free.

Genetic Counseling

Family history of urologic cancer is a known risk factor for patients, but newer research has even connected breast cancer in the family as a risk factor for prostate cancer. Genetic counseling can help assess your risk of urologic cancers based on your family medical history of urologic and other cancers with known correlations to urologic cancers.

Meet our certified genetic counselor

Urologic Cancer Care at MedStar Health

Location Information

For a physician referral, please call 1-877-715-HOPE.

Our Locations

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Harbor Hospital
The Cancer Center
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
3333 North Calvert St.
Johnston Professional Bldg
G23
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Phone: 410-515-6090

Urologic Cancer Treatment

Ryan Cleary Urologic Cancer Robotic
Ryan Cleary, MD, Urologist and Robotic Surgeon

MedStar Health is home to cancer specialists with recognized expertise in the treatment of prostate, kidney, bladder, and other urologic cancers. Our team, with decades of experience and fellowship-trained robotics surgeons, is dedicated to eliminating your cancer while minimizing the effects of treatment on your general health and lifestyle.

Our experts specialize in tailored-to-you combinations of the latest cancer-fighting techniques, including:

  • Chemotherapy for early stage treatment
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • The most advanced medical oncology and radiation oncology available
  • Surgical treatments
  • Support services including nurse navigators, nutritionists, psychologists, and more
  • Palliative services to help those with complex cases find relief from the symptoms and stress, improving quality of life for patients and families
  • Clinical trials

MedStar Health patients experience the best of both worlds: access to advanced academic medicine and an NCI affiliated location, and an expansive network allowing you to see a specialist close to your home or work.

Surgical Treatments

MedStar Health offers both traditional open surgeries and advanced robotic programs for all the malignancies: kidney, bladder, prostate, urethral, testicular. These cutting-edge procedures help reduce time in the hospital and in recovery. Some of our procedures include:

  • Radical cystectomy and neobladder
  • Minimally invasive robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery
  • Robotic partial nephrectomy
  • Da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System
  • Prostatectomy
  • IMRT, image-guided radiation therapy and LDR brachytherapy
  • High-intensity focused ultrasound
  • Microwave therapy for renal masses
  • CyberKnife® and stereotactic

Combined Therapies. Team Approach.

Because we provide coordinated, multidisciplinary care, we can make targeted decisions that smaller hospitals and systems might not be able to support. This means better outcomes.

Your treatment team extends beyond your surgeon or oncologist. Your MedStar team also includes peer expert surgeons and oncologists, nurses who understand your cancer, physical therapists, genetic counselors, enterostomal therapists, clinical researchers, medical and radiation oncologists, palliative care and more. A physician assistant might also help to coordinate your care.

You can feel confident in the knowledge that our full team of experts meet to discuss your unique case. Our singular goal is to treat your cancer, which means we bring in experts from other specialties to help build the best plan for you. We will also bring in experts to help maximize your success, whether that means boosting your nutrition or genetic counseling due to your unique family history.

Treating Unique Patient Populations

MedStar Health is committed to treating the most unique and diverse populations, which means we are prepared to treat patients with very specific physical, religious and ethical needs.

We offer bloodless surgery for patients who refuse transfusions by helping to physically prepare them to eliminate the risk of transfusion. We also accommodate obese patients using robotic surgery, complementary nutritional treatments, larger beds and longer equipment.

Another unique group we serve are patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease or massively enlarged kidneys. Many of these patients end up on dialysis and have a higher risk of kidney cancer. We provide an easier path to transplant by removing the affected kidney. We track this problem closer than many hospitals and health systems, including genetic profiling for children of patients with the disease.

Clinical Trials

We provide access to many drugs and therapies before they are released to the general public. This allows patients who have failed standard therapies new options.

Learn more about clinical trials

Genetic Counseling

Family history of urologic cancer is a known risk factor for patients, but newer research has even connected breast cancer in the family as a risk factor for prostate cancer. Genetic counseling can help assess your risk of urologic cancers based on your family medical history of urologic and other cancers with known correlations to urologic cancers.

Our geneticists will work with you to review your family history, looking for factors that increase your likelihood of developing cancer. We will assist you in developing strategies to manage your unique cancer risk.

Meet our certified genetic counselor

Need a second opinion or more advanced care? We're ready to fight for you. Call 1-877-715-HOPE or find a urologic cancer specialist.

Location Information

For a physician referral, please call 1-877-715-HOPE.

Our Locations

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Harbor Hospital
The Cancer Center
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
3333 North Calvert St.
Johnston Professional Bldg
G23
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Phone: 410-515-6090

Urologic Cancers We Treat

MedStar Health specializes in the detection and latest treatments of all types of genitourinary or urologic cancers, which affect the organs, glands and passageways of the urinary and reproductive systems. Across our network, we offer a full range of services personalized to you and your unique case.

Your MedStar team applies the newest research to give you the best chance of survival, including access to treatments through clinical trials. We also track and treat rare cases that less coordinated care centers might not. The urologic cancers we treat include:

Male-Specific Urologic Cancers

  • Prostate cancer develops in a male reproductive gland about the size and shape of a walnut. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, but is quite treatable when detected early.
  • Testicular cancer is cancer that develops in one or both testicles. Though it can occur at any age, it's more common in younger men. Most often, it is confined to one testicle. Monthly testicular self-exams for lumps or changes in the testicles help with early detection and, typically, full recovery.
  • Penile cancer is typically found on the foreskin or the glans (head) of the penis. There are no widely recommended screening tests for penile cancer, but many cancers can be detected early and treated.

Cancers That Affect Everyone

  • Bladder cancer occurs most frequently in older adults, but anyone can be diagnosed. The cancer most commonly develops in the lining of the bladder. Early detection is common as an initial symptom, blood in the urine, is easy to spot.
  • Kidney cancer is sometimes difficult to detect and there is no current regular screening. Renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer in adults.
  • Urethral cancer forms in the tube that carries urine from the bladder. In men, the urethra travels through the penis and also carries semen. Though men carry a higher risk than women, urethral cancer is rare.
  • Adrenal cancer, also known as adrenal gland cancer, affects the adrenals, small glands that sit on top of each kidney.

Are you struggling with a new urologic cancer diagnosis? Need a second opinion or more advanced care? Call 1-877-715-HOPE or find a urologic cancer specialist.

Urologic Cancer Care at MedStar Health Cancer Network

Location Information

For a physician referral, please call 1-877-715-HOPE.

Our Locations

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Harbor Hospital
The Cancer Center
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
3333 North Calvert St.
Johnston Professional Bldg
G23
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Phone: 410-515-6090

Urologic Cancers Team

Urologic Cancer MedStar Health Cancer Network
Members of the Urologic Cancer Team

The urologic cancer team at MedStar Health are recognized experts in the treatment of prostate, kidney, bladder, and other urologic cancers. Our multidisciplinary team is committed to eliminating your cancer while minimizing the effects of treatment on your general health and lifestyle.

Specialized in personalized combinations of the latest cancer-fighting techniques, our team includes surgeons from many specialties, medical and radiation oncologists, specialized nurses, physical therapists, genetic counselors, enterostomal therapists, clinical researchers, physician assistants, palliative care experts and more.

Are you struggling with a new urologic cancer diagnosis? Need a second opinion or more advanced care? We're ready to fight for you. Call 1-877-715-HOPE or find a urologic cancer specialist.

Meet Dr. Geoffrey Sklar, Chief of the Division of Urologic Oncology

Find a Urologic Specialist

 

 

Location Information

For a physician referral, please call 1-877-715-HOPE.

Our Locations

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Harbor Hospital
The Cancer Center
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
3333 North Calvert St.
Johnston Professional Bldg
G23
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Phone: 410-515-6090

Urologic Cancer Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials
Jean Flack, Manager, Oncology Research, and Kristie Davalli, Nurse Practioner 

As you navigate your journey with urologic cancer, a clinical trial can provide the best standard of treatment. Often, participants get access to treatments years before they are available to the public.

Clinical trials are research studies that test new drugs, treatments, or medical procedures to determine their effectiveness and safety. These studies help to inform doctors and scientists about new and emerging cancer therapies, how they should be used, and which patients will benefit the most from these approaches.

Almost every standard cancer treatment currently in use was first made available to patients who participated in clinical trials.

The MedStar Health Research Institute conducts clinical investigations to improve the ability to diagnose and treat patients with urologic tumors. By participating in a clinical study at MedStar Health, you can not only play an active role in the treatment of your cancer, but possibly help others with urologic cancers in the future.

Because MedStar Health has an NCI-affiliated Cancer Center, we have access to the latest clinical trials available. Patients who participate in clinical trials receive, often at reduced or no cost:

  • The most advanced treatment options possible
  • Specialized, coordinated team-based care
  • You may be among the first to benefit from a new therapy
  • An opportunity to help future cancer patients

How to Participate in a Clinical Trial for Urologic Cancer

To find out more about clinical trials taking place at the MedStar Health Research Institute, please call 301-560-7300.

The search for a clinical trial begins with your doctor. They will know which trials are available and what is most appropriate to explore based on your cancer type and stage. You can also search for trials online several ways:

Clinical Trials Frequently Asked Questions 

Urologic Cancer Care at MedStar Health 

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Call 301-560-7300 to discuss urologic cancer clinical trials at the MedStar Health Research Institute.

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