Breast Cancer Clinical Research and Trials 

What is a clinical trial ?


Questions to ask about joining a clinical trial Questions Questions to Ask About Joining a Cl

ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.

Explore 266,901 research studies in all 50 states and in 203 countries.

ClinicalTrials.gov is a resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

IMPORTANT: Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details.

Before participating in a study, talk to your health care provider and learn about the risks and potential benefits.

  • A clinical trial is a study that helps doctors find out if a new therapy, medicine, or device will help prevent, detect, or treat a disease. Clinical trials also help doctors find out if these new therapies and treatments are safe and if they are better than the treatments we already have.

    There are 4 kinds of clinical trials:

    • Treatment trials test new treatments, medicines, or surgeries.
    • Prevention trials look for ways to prevent diseases using medicines, vitamins, vaccines, or lifestyle changes.
    • Screening trials test ways to detect or diagnose diseases.
    • Quality-of-life trials try to find ways to make life better for people living with a disease or health condition. 
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Research into the disruption of early fast-dividing precancerous stem cells is ongoing. New clinical studies are planned and patients are encouraged to enroll. For information, please contact us. 

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Scientific inquiry unites researchers with diverse expertise from across academic programs and medical departments. Learn about some of our most intensively pursued topics of investigation.

We explore the mysteries of cancer cellular biology

Cancer Immunotherapy and Vacines

Pictured: Immune system cells called T cells (orange) have detected a cancer cell and attached to it. Innovative drugs pioneered by Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers stimulate the ability of T cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells.


In recent years, a number of scientific breakthroughs have helped breathe life into a century-old idea — that a person’s immune system is inherently capable of responding to cancer and can be summoned to effectively defend the body against it. In fact, clinical trials conducted have shown remarkable successes for new cancer immunotherapies.


Pictured: Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that often infects cancer patients, imaged by scanning electron microscopy. Infections are a major complication of cancer treatment. In addition, about one-third of cancers result from infection with a microbe or the ensuing inflammation from that infection.


Pictured: A cell structure called mitochondrion imaged by transmission electron microscopy. Within mitochondria, sugars and fats are oxidized to produce energy needed for diverse cell functions. One approach to killing cancer cells is starving them to death by preventing them from getting nutrients, especially glucose. Our investigators anticipate that deciphering how cancer cells access and use fuel will enable development of new treatments.

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Dr. Emerson C. Perrin MD PhD

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It should go without saying that Dr Emerson Perrin from the Stem Cell Center at St. Lukes, Texas Heart is one of the pioneers of stem cell biology.
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