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Experimental Therapeutics Program

If your child’s condition is difficult to cure or does not respond to traditional therapies, we are ready and prepared to offer new techniques and clinical trials, providing the skill and experience necessary to treat the most complex cases. Our team of experimental therapeutics specialists is dedicated to research and improving your child’s health. Experimental therapeutics is the study and development of new medicines and treatments that are more effective and less harmful to the body. These new therapies can target specific types of tumors and can be designed for your child’s own genetic make-up. Thanks to our team under the leadership of Dr. Kathleen Neville, your child can receive advanced, next-level care right here at Arkansas Children’s, without the need to travel elsewhere.

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Conditions we study and treat

We partner with national and international groups to study and share the latest cutting-edge treatments for many conditions. Our experimental program provides special care to children with complicated or unusual forms of these conditions:

  • Bone tumors, sarcomas, and other solid tumors
  • Brain tumors
  • Leukemias
  • Lymphomas
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neurofibromatosis-related tumors

Learn more about experimental therapeutics

We offer experimental therapeutics for:

  • Patients with a poor prognosis when they are first diagnosed
  • Advanced and recurring tumors or those that do not respond to initial treatments

Types of experimental therapeutics include:

  • Molecular profiling. By taking a biopsy of the cancer or tumor, doctors can look at the genetic make-up of the cancer cells to see how they grow. Medicines that target specific genes or genetic pathways can then be used to destroy the cancer. This is also called personalized medicine.
  • Immunotherapy trials. Immunotherapy is a new branch of medicine that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells. Our bodies don’t recognize cancer cells as harmful because they are our own cells. Immunotherapy medicines help our immune system recognize mutated cancer cells so that it can find and destroy them.
  • Clinical trials. Here at Arkansas Children’s, we are connected to international networks of researchers studying and developing the latest medical therapies. In many cases, we can provide treatments to your child right here on campus. In some cases, we may connect your child to developing treatments based at a partner medical center. To learn more about participating in a clinical trial, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. Download a list of clinical trials

Meet the team

At Arkansas Children’s, we are members of: 

Our highly skilled experimental therapeutics medical team includes:

Make an appointment

To make an appointment or contact us, please call our Nurse Coordinator at (501) 364-4290.

Location:

1 Children’s Way – Slot 512-10

Sturgis

Fourth Floor

Office (501) 364-4290

Fax (501) 364-3634

Email: RedingerCatherineL@uams.edu

Medical Director: Kathleen Neville, MD

Learn more about how experimental therapeutics can help your child

If your child is already a patient at Arkansas Children’s we have all of the information and paperwork needed to determine if he or she is a candidate for our experimental therapeutics program.

If your child is referred to us, our experts will determine if there is a therapy or clinical trial that can help your child. If there is, then we will study your child’s case to make sure there is nothing in his or her medical history that would exclude him or her from participating.

When our experimental therapeutics program is not a fit, we will work with you to find a medical center that makes sense for your child’s specific condition.

Share your child’s information with us

To help us determine if your child can take part in a clinical trial through our Experimental Therapeutics Program you will need to send the materials listed on the Required Medical Records Checklist (as applicable).

The materials needed are:

Clinical Summary

  • Please do not send the entire medical record
  • Send a detailed summary of the patient’s presenting history and treatment to date
  • Include history of any allergies, including IV contrast
  • Include a complete list of medications (prescription, over the counter, herbal and supplements)
  • Performance Score

Radiological Films (CT, MRI)

  • Submit imaging studies in CD-ROM format
  • Submit corresponding Radiology report(s)

Operative Note(s) to include date(s) and type(s) of all surgical procedure(s)

  • Pathology Report(s)
  • Chemotherapy Summary including protocol number or doses of each agent, number of cycles, treatment flow sheets/roadmaps
  • Radiation Therapy Summary including modality, total dose, fractionation, and fields
  • Lab Results including CBC, CMP, PT/PTT, LFTs

You can mail, email or fax your child’s medical records to us.

Please send them to:

Catherine Redinger, RN

Email: RedingerCatherineL@uams.edu

Fax: (501) 364-3634

ATTN: Catherine Redinger, RN – Nurse Coordinator Experimental Therapeutics Team

Please call the office before faxing: (501) 364-4290

Mail all SCANS (on CDs) and above materials to:

Dr. Kevin Bielamowicz

Department of Hematology/Oncology

Arkansas Children’s Hospital

1 Children’s Way – Slot 512-10

Little Rock, AR 72202

  • When mailing, please send materials by FedEX or UPS for fastest delivery.
  • Be sure to obtain a shipping tracking number. Please send the tracking number to us by email or phone.

If you have any questions regarding the above information and instructions, please contact our office. Call (501) 364-4290, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.