Physicians and researchers associated with the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center are members of several research groups that offer cancer trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Our researchers also participate in university consortiums as well as develop and manage trials funded with grants from the Medical College of Wisconsin and other sources. Because of this, the Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center is able to offer the latest in treatment options that often are not yet available outside the research setting. Our interdisciplinary approach to cancer care and cancer research is evident by the strong relationship between radiology, surgical oncology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is a leader in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), one of the cooperative groups that are part of a network of clinical trials carried out at cancer centers throughout North America. Our department has been a full member institution since 1979 and has consistently been one of the highest enrollers to RTOG studies with recognition for excellence in data quality. Many of our faculty have leadership roles in facets of RTOG and yet continue their individual research quests to prevent and treat cancer as well as minimize effects of cancer therapies on normal tissue.
Other cooperative groups physicians and researchers from our department are involved with include the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), and the Clinical Trials Support Unit (CTSU) of the NCI.
If you are interested in learning more about research studies available through the Department of Radiation Oncology, please call (414) 805-4377. For more information on clinical trials offered through the Froedtert and Medical College Clinical Cancer Center, call (414) 805-3666 or (800) 272-3666.
Translational/Basic Research Program
Translational research takes basic research from the laboratory for implementation into the clinical setting, often being described as "bench to bedside" research. Researchers in the Department of Radiation Oncology are involved in several translational and basic research programs in the following areas:
- Low dose rate irradiation
- Radiation damage to normal tissues
- Biomarkers for radiation responses
- Adaptive Radiation Therapy (online and offline)
- Outcome modeling for treatment planning
- Motion management
- Anatomic/biological/functional imaging (CT, CBCT, MRI, PET) for treatment planning and delivery