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Research and Clinical Trials

With groundbreaking research in head and neck cancers, our team of researchers and physician scientists are able to offer our head and neck cancer patients access to unique clinical trials available at Sanford Health. We provide the most advanced care and treatment that today's medical research can offer. Our physicians and scientists work together to turn scientific discoveries into novel head and neck cancer treatments.

Why Should I Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Participating in a head and neck cancer clinical trial may provide you with access to the most innovative cancer treatments, before they are widely available. As a clinical trial patient, you can make a valuable contribution to the field of head and neck cancer research. A clinical trial is a research study in which patients help doctors find ways to improve standard treatments and a patient’s quality of life. Carefully conducted research studies are the fastest and safest way to find new treatments and improve the health of all patients.

Simply stated: Today's gold standard of head and neck care was yesterday's research study.


Cancer Immunotherapy Trials

Cancer immunotherapy is a treatment that empowers the body’s own immune system to fight off cancer. It represents the most promising new cancer treatment approach since the development of the first chemotherapies in the late 1940s.

    New Clinical Trial Investigates Immunotherapy Drug to Treat Head & Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Click here to read more.


Dr. Powell Discusses Immuno-Oncology

Doctor Powell recently spoke with The Institute for Clinical Immuno-Oncology (ICLIO), an institute of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), to provide a perspective on community immuno-oncology in head and neck cancer.

Chemotherapy & Radiation Treatments

Chemotherapy & Radiation Treatments

Chemotherapy is a medicine used to kill cancer cells or slow down their growth.  Radiation therapy uses special equipment to deliver high doses of radiation to cancerous tumors, killing or damaging them so that they cannot grow, spread, or multiply.  Talk to your doctor about which new treatments may be right for you.

Genomic Testing

Genomic testing allows our doctors to quickly determine if a cancerous tumor contains certain genetic markers.  Those results are used to customize treatment options and employ targeted therapies for each patient.

Lifestyle and Nutrition Studies

Lifestyle and Nutrition Studies

We’re exploring how making better choices in your daily life can affect your cancer treatment outcomes. Talk to your doctor about how you can be part of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of a ketogenic diet on squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.

BioBank Donation

By giving a small part of yourself today, you can change tomorrow. You can pioneer the future of medicine with us by donating your genetic information through a simple blood draw to the Sanford Health BioBank.

Learn more about clinical trials opportunities at Sanford Health.