Clinical Investigative Research

About Us

This clinical division of the Department of Radiation Oncology encompasses investigative programs related to humans in which radiation therapy is used. They are responsible for unique Wilmot Cancer Center Phase I/II clinical trials as well as trials conducted in cooperation with national groups such as the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and the Children's Oncology Group (COG). The Department of Radiation Oncology has played a leading role in protocol design activities and in the development of clinical trials in a variety of tumor sites including lung cancer in localized stages, GI malignancies, head and neck cancers, Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, pediatric neoplasms and gynecologic cancers.

In addition to the Project Officer, there are Clinical Research Associates responsible for the development of studies, registration/randomization of patients, management of the patient data, dissemination of information regarding studies and maintenance of the patient database for the DRO. They also assist the faculty by providing data analysis, research, and editing for scientific papers and presentations.

Cooperative Group Involvement

The Department of Radiation Oncology works closely with other departments within the Medical Center to further cancer treatment and research. However, we also work on a wider geographical basis. Listed below are the major cooperative groups in which we participate:

  • (RTOG) - The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group is a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials cooperative group with almost 30 years of experience in running clinical trials. It is comprised of 250 of the major research institutions and is the primary cooperative group conducting clinical trials in Radiation Oncology in the United States and Canada. A strong affiliate program exists with several of our former residents and faculty members.
  • (SWOG) - The Southwest Oncology Group is one of the largest of the National Cancer Institute-supported cancer clinical trials cooperative groups in North America. The SWOG network consists of almost 4,000 of the nation's leading physicians at 283 institutions throughout the United States and Canada. Since its inception in 1956, SWOG has helped more than 150,000 patients enrolled in clinical trials.
  • (COG) - The Children's Oncology Group is the result of the mergers of four cancer cooperative groups -- the Children's Cancer Group (CCG), the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG), the Intergroup Rhabdomyosarcoma Study Group (IRSG) and the National Wilms' Tumor Study Group (NWTSG). It is a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials cooperative group devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research.

Research Staff

  • Therese Smudzin, CCRC – Senior Health Project Coordinator
  • Liana Baker, BS – Health Project Coordinator
  • Lisa Chen, BA – Information Analyst
  • Laura Finger, BA – Information Analyst
  • Christine Huggins, PhD – Health Project Coordinator
  • Amy Huser, MA (ABT) – Senior Information Analyst
  • Merrie Lou Nagel, RN, BS – Research Nurse
  • Cynthia Smith – Health Project Coordinator

Make an Appointment

If you would like to make an appointment or consult our physicians for a second opinion, please contact us at one of the following locations:

  • Wilmot Cancer Center
    (585) 275-2171
  • Highland Hospital
    (585) 341-6750
  • Cancer Center at Park Ridge
    (585) 225-3989
  • Sands Cancer Center
    (585) 396-6180