Clinical trials are scientific studies in which new treatments are tested in patients to determine if they are effective and safe.

The Department of Radiation Oncology's clinical trials offer access to promising new therapies. Browse our clinical trials below, and click on the trial name for more information.

Breast

Central Nervous System Program

Gastrointestinal Program

  • Durvalumab (MEDI4736) and Tremelimumab and Radiation Therapy in Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Biliary Tract Cancer
    • Goal: Study a combination of drugs with Radiation Therapy as a possible treatment for Hepatocellular Carcinoma or Biliary Tract Cancer.
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03482102
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Electron Beam Intraoperative Radiation Therapy Following Chemoradiation in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer with Vascular Involvement (PACER)
    • Goal: Research how well IORT during surgery works in treating pancreatic cancer after 3-6 months of chemotherapy and external radiation therapy.
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03716531
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Losartan and Nivolumab in Combination with FOLFIRINOX and SBRT in Localized Pancreatic Cancer
    • Goal: Study a combination of interventions as a possible treatment for pancreatic tumor.
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore S. Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03563248
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston), Newton-Wellesley Hospital
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • NAPOX + Chemoradiation + Paclitaxel & Carboplatin in Esophagogastric Cancer (opening soon)
    • Goal: Evaluate how Liposomal Irinotecan in combination with the standard of care interventions FOLFOX, carboplatin paclitaxel, and radiation therapy affect gastroesophageal junction or esophagogastric cancer.
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT04656041
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston), Newton-Wellesley Hospital
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • NBTXR3+Anti-PD-1+RT in Advanced Cancers (opening soon)
    • Goal: Evaluate the safety, efficacy, and tolerability of NBTXR3 activated by radiotherapy in combination with an anti-PD-1 therapy in three cohorts of patients. (NOTE: MGH IS ONLY PARTICIPATING IN THE LIVER COHORT)
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore S. Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03589339
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Niraparib, Dostarlimab and Radiation Therapy in Pancreatic Cancer
    • Goal: Research study is to see how the combination of dostarlimab, niraparib, and radiation therapy works in controlling metastatic pancreatic cancer.
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT04409002
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Nivolumab and Ipilimumab and Radiation Therapy in MSS and MSI High Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer
    • Goal: Study a combination of drugs with radiation therapy as a possible treatment for Colorectal Cancer and Pancreatic Cancers.
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03104439
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Nivolumab and Ipilimumab in Metastatic, Microsatellite Stable Pancreatic Cancer
    • Goal: Study the effects of the combination of ipilimumab, nivolumab, and radiation therapy in people with microsatellite stable pancreatic cancer.
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT04361162
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Nivolumab+Ipilimumab+RT in MSS mCRC
    • Goal: Study the effects of the combination of ipilimumab, nivolumab, and radiation therapy in people with metastatic microsatellite stable colorectal cancer.
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT04575922
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Radiation Therapy with Protons or Photons in Treating Patients with Liver Cancer
    • Goal: Study how well radiation therapy with protons works compared with photons in treating patients with liver cancer.
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03186898
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Specimens and Clinical Data Collection in Oncology patients
    • Goal: Establish a centralized and uniform process for the collection of clinical and patient-self reported information, biologic sample collection and storage, and comprehensive databasing to allow for a searchable clinical and biologic sample repository obtained from oncology patients undergoing or being evaluated for radiation therapy.
    • Principal Investigator: Jennifer Wo, MD
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Wo to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Study of TAS-102 Plus Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of the Liver in Patients with Hepatic Metastases from Colorectal Cancer
    • Goal: Study a drug in combination with radiation therapy as a possible treatment for hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer.
    • Principal Investigator: Theodore S. Hong, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03223779
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6050 to make an appointment with Dr. Hong to see if you meet the study criteria.

Genitourinary Program

  • A Prospective Comparative Study of Outcomes with Proton and Photon Radiation in Prostate Cancer (COMPPARE)
    • Goal: Conduct a controlled comparison of patient-centric between parallel cohorts of men with prostate cancer treated simultaneously by proton therapy and IMRT.
    • Principal Investigator: Jason Efstathiou, MD, DPhil
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03561220
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-5866 to make an appointment with Dr. Efstathiou to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • PARTIQoL: Proton Therapy vs. IMRT Randomized for Low or Intermediate risk Prostate Cancer (PARTIQoL)
    • Goal: Evaluate two different radiation techniques (proton radiotherapy or photon radiotherapy) for the treatment of Low or Intermediate risk Prostate Cancers.
    • Principal Investigator: Jason Efstathiou, MD, DPhil
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT01617161
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston), Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-5866 to make an appointment with Dr. Efstathiou to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • PARTIQoL (Prostate Advanced Radiation Technologies Investigating Quality of Life) Phase III Randomized Clinical Trial of Proton Therapy vs IMRT for Low or Low-Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer and Registry: A Companion to PARTIQoL Clinical Trial
    • Goal: PARTIQoL Trial aims to compare proton to photon radiation therapy for low or low-intermediate risk prostate cancer. The overall goal of the Registry is to assess the representativeness and generalizability of the randomized clinical trial findings to a broader spectrum of eligible patients.
    • Principal Investigator: Jason Efstathiou, MD, DPhil
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: N/A
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston), Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-5866 to make an appointment with Dr. Efstathiou to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Phase III IGRT and SBRT vs IGRT and Hypofractionated IMRT for Localized Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer
    • Goal: To determine whether SBRT can be shown to be superior to hypofractionated IMRT in terms of GU and GI toxicity by having fewer patients that experience a minimal important decline (MID) in urinary irritation/obstructive and bowel HRQOL as measured by EPIC-26 at 24 months post completion of therapy. To determine if SBRT (5 fractions of 7.25 Gy) is superior to hypofractionated IMRT (28 fractions of 2.5 Gy or 20 fractions of 3 Gy) as measured by Disease Free Survival (DFS).
    • Principal Investigator: Sophia Kamran, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03367702
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston), Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 724-1298 to make an appointment with Dr. Kamran to see if you meet the study criteria.

Head and Neck Program

Pediatric Radiation Oncology

  • LET Optimized IMPT in Treating Pediatric Patients with Ependymoma
    • Goal: Study the side effects of linear energy transfer (LET) optimized image modulated proton therapy (IMPT) in treating pediatric patients with ependymoma.
    • Principal Investigator: Shannon MacDonald, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03750513
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 724-1836 to make an appointment with Dr. MacDonald to see if your child meets the study criteria.
  • Phase II Study of Proton Radiation Therapy for Neuroblastoma
    • Goal: Evaluate the acute and late toxicities during and after proton radiation for patients with high-risk Neuroblastoma requiring radiation therapy.
    • Principal Investigator: Shannon MacDonald, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT02112617
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 724-1836 to make an appointment with Dr. MacDonald to see if your child meets the study criteria.
  • PPCR: Registry for Pediatric Patients Treated with Radiation Therapy
    • Goal: of this PPCR Registry is to utilize data to describe the population of pediatric patients being treated by proton radiation and report the patterns of care in this population.
    • Principal Investigator: Torunn Yock, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT01696721
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 724-1836 to make an appointment with Dr. Yock to see if your child meets the study criteria.
  • Proton Craniospinal Irradiation with Bone Sparing to Decrease Growth Decrement from Radiation
    • Goal: Study proton radiation as a possible treatment for brain tumor that requires radiation.
    • Principal Investigator: Shannon MacDonald, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03281889
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 724-1836 to make an appointment with Dr. MacDonald to see if your child meets the study criteria.
  • Proton RT for the Treatment of Pediatric Rhabdomyosarcoma
    • Goal: To see if using proton beam radiation therapy instead of photon beam radiation therapy can reduce side effects from radiation treatment for Rhabdomyosarcoma.
    • Principal Investigator: Torunn Yock, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT00592592
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 724-1836 to make an appointment with Dr. Yock to see if your child meets the study criteria.

Sarcoma Program

  • Proton or Photon Radiation Therapy for Retroperitoneal Sarcomas
    • Goal: To determine the effectiveness of radiation therapy with protons or photons that can be delivered safely in patients with Retroperitoneal Sarcomas.
    • Principal Investigator: Thomas F. DeLaney, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT01659203
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-6876 to make an appointment with Dr. DeLaney to see if you meet the study criteria.

Thoracic Program

  • A Phase II Trial of Integrating Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy with Selective Targeted Therapy in Stage IV Oncogene-driven Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
    • Goal: Study Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) as a possible treatment for stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
    • Principal Investigator: Henning Willers, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT02314364
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-5184 to make an appointment with Dr. Willers to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Comparing Proton Therapy to Photon Radiation Therapy for Esophageal Cancer
    • Goal: See how well proton beam radiation therapy compared with intensity modulated photon radiotherapy works in treating patients with stage I-IVA esophageal cancer.
    • Principal Investigator: Katie (Florence) Keane, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03801876
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-5184 to make an appointment with Dr. Keane to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Efficacy and Safety Study of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) With or Without Pembrolizumab in Adults with Medically Inoperable Stage I or IIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers
    • Goal: Assess the efficacy and safety of SBRT plus pembrolizumab in the treatment of adult participants with medically inoperable Stage I or IIA non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
    • Principal Investigator: Katie (Florence) Keane, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03924869
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston)
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-5184 to make an appointment with Dr. Keane to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Maintenance Systemic Therapy Versus Local Consolidative Therapy (LCT) Plus Maintenance Systemic Therapy for Limited Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): Randomized Phase II/III Trial
    • Goal: To evaluate the impact of adding LCT to maintenance systemic therapy versus maintenance systemic therapy alone on progression-free survival for patients with metastatic NSCLC with no evidence of progression and limited metastatic sites after first-line systemic therapy.
    • Principal Investigator: Katie (Florence) Keane, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT03137771
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston), Newton-Wellesley Hospital
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-5184 to make an appointment with Dr. Keane to see if you meet the study criteria.
  • Photon vs. Proton Chemotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
    • Goal: Compare the image guided motion-managed photon with proton radiotherapy with concurrent platinum-based chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer patients.
    • Principal Investigator: Henning Willers, MD
    • Clinical Trials.gov Number: NCT01993810
    • MGH Location(s) Available: Main Campus (Boston), Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center
    • How to Enroll: Please call (617) 726-5184 to make an appointment with Dr. Willers to see if you meet the study criteria.