Clinical Trials

May 2021 Vol 12, No 5 | May 19, 2021
You can bring a community together to improve the impact of clinical trials – here’s how.
Underrepresented in cancer clinical trials, racial and ethnic minorities often miss out on the benefits of research participation. Educating potential participants on clinical trials can increase enrollment among populations that have been commonly overlooked.
Adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients aged 15 to 39 years are significantly underrepresented in cancer clinical trials.
Darolutamide, an investigational androgen receptor inhibitor, significantly improved metastasis-free survival in men with high-risk nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) compared with placebo in a large phase 3 clinical trial.
Dr James provides a review of recent report from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network on barriers to patient enrollment in therapeutic clinical trials for cancer and the consensus recommendations for overcoming these challenges.
Patient navigators are increasingly recognized for their critical role in helping patients make their way through complex healthcare systems, all the way from screening to treatment adherence. Clinical trials are a vital part of high-quality cancer care, and navigators have become invaluable in facilitating patient awareness and access to trials, while also normalizing the clinical trial process and dispelling myths.
Danielle Carnival believes that providing patients with the most up-to-date tools and resources about clinical trials is an essential part of doubling the rate of progress in the fight against cancer, and the Biden Cancer Initiative is focused on reaching a wide range of patients with this information.
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