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Articles of Interest: Cancer Clinical Trials
Patients in clinical trials that are now following the new inclusion criteria will be more representative of the real-world patient population...
Making Cancer Clinical Trials Available to More Patients
NCI Cancer Currents Blog
Frieden, Joyce. "Efforts Needed to Get Minorities Into Clinical Trials, Experts Say." MedPage Today, August 3, 2020.
More work needs to be done to enroll people of color in clinical trials, Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, chief patient officer and executive vice president at Pfizer, said Sunday at the annual meeting of the National Medical Association.
"One of the really interesting things the data tell us about participation in clinical trials of Black and brown people is they are much less likely to be asked," Lewis-Hall said during the plenary session of the meeting, which was held remotely.
Bassett, Mike. "How to get more men in breast cancer trials?." MedPage Today, October 8, 2019.
The FDA recently drafted new recommendations encouraging the inclusion of more men in breast cancer clinical trials.
The industry draft guidance urges that eligibility for breast cancer drugs should include both men and women, and that there should be a scientific rationale included in a trial protocol when men are excluded from trials.
"Making Cancer Clinical Trials Available to More Patients." NCI Cancer Currents Blog, March 7, 2019.
With so many new and promising cancer treatments being developed, the need for clinical trials to efficiently and effectively test them has never been greater.
Maximizing the number of patients who are eligible for clinical trials, while still maintaining an appropriate level of safety, is a top priority for NCI leadership, given the challenges of enrolling enough patients in clinical trials. Eligibility criteria—the requirements that must be met before a person can enroll in a trial—have not kept pace with the modernization of clinical trials. Restrictive criteria have not only been a significant hurdle for many patients who have wanted to participate in trials, but they have also limited the generalizability of study findings.
Pirschel, Chris and Sheila Prindiville, MD. "How Do You Find Clinical Trials Through the NCI’s Advanced Clinical Trials Search?." ONS Voice, September 5, 2017.
As part of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative and in collaboration with the Presidential Innovation Fellows, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) developed and launched a new website in 2016. It provides user-friendly access to the repository of abstracts of cancer clinical trials that NCI supported.