Clinical Trials The Department of Radiation Oncology at URMC is actively involved in numerous clinical trials. For many patients, this is a very important consideration. Our involvement in both local and national research trials helps to ensure that we are on the leading edge of medicine. Clinical trials provide patients with the opportunity to receive the very latest treatments, often years before they are available at other centers. The Department of Radiation Oncology is involved in clinical research that is exploring several important areas: We are performing research on radiosensitizing drugs, medications that help to make tumor cells more sensitive to radiation treatments. We are studying the late effects of radiotherapy in an attempt to minimize the side effects that may occur after radiation treatments have ended. We are looking at the most effective ways to reduce nausea, sleeplessness and excess weight loss that may be caused by radiation treatments. We have full membership in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and we participate in Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), and Children's Oncology Group (COG). Our cancer patients have access to numerous cutting-edge clinical trials through RTOG, SWOG, and COG trials. View a List of our Open Clinical Trials. For more information on current research or clinical trials within our department, please call our study coordinators at (585) 275-2525.