Clinical Trials

Every treatment that has ever made a difference in cancer care was once a part of a clinical trial. MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is committed to offering the best treatments available today while searching for even better ones for the future. Ask your doctor if a clinical trial is right for you.


Head & Neck Cancer Trials


  • STUDY8700

    Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice (MATCH)

    This phase II trial studies how well treatment that is directed by genetic testing works in patients with solid tumors or lymphomas that have progressed following at least one line of standard treatment or for whom no standard treatment exists. Genetic tests look at the unique genetic material (genes) of patients' tumor cells. Patients with genetic abnormalities (such as mutations, amplifications, or translocations) may benefit more from treatment which targets their tumor's particular genetic abnormality. Identifying these genetic abnormalities first may help doctors plan better treatment for patients with solid tumors or lymphomas.

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  • STUDY10899

    Pembrolizumab In Combination With Anti platelet Therapy For Patients With Recurrent Or Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma Of The Head And Neck

    To determine if anti-platelet therapy (acetylsalicylic acid, clopidogrel) combined with anti-PD-1 immunotherapy (pembrolizumab) in patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (HNSCC) is able to induce a more favorable immunologic response profile than immunotherapy alone.

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  • STUDY12995

    A Phase 3, Randomized, Double blind, Placebo controlled Study to Evaluate Pembrolizumab Versus Placebo as Adjuvant Therapy Following Surgery and Radiation in Participants with High risk Locally Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Objective: To compare the recurrence-free survival (RFS), as assessed by the investigator and confirmed by biopsy, in individuals who receive pembrolizumab with individuals who receive placebo as adjuvant therapy. - Hypothesis (H1): Pembrolizumab as adjuvant therapy is superior to placebo with respect to RFS as assessed by the investigator.

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  • STUDY13597

    A Phase II/III Randomized Study of Maintenance Nivolumab Versus Observation in Patients With Locally Advanced, Intermediate Risk HPV Positive OPCA

    This phase II/III trial studies how well chemotherapy and radiation therapy with nivolumab or observation work in treating patients with intermediate risk HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer that has spread to nearby tissue or lymph nodes. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Radiation therapy uses high energy rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as nivolumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. It is not yet known whether chemotherapy and radiation therapy with nivolumab or observation works better in treating patients with HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer.

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  • STUDY14066

    A Phase 2, Open Label, Multi Center Study of PDS0101 (R DOTAP [Versamune®] + HPVmix) and Pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®) Combination Immunotherapy in Subjects with Recurrent and/or Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer and High Risk Human Papillomavirus 16 (HPV16) Infection

    VERSATILE-002 is a Phase 2, open-label, multicenter study of the efficacy and safety of PDS0101 administered in combination with pembrolizumab in the first line treatment of adults with HPV16 and PD-L1 positive recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).

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