Friday, December 5, 2014

Is the answer to advancing cancer treatments giving more patients access to clinical trials?

What is the key to accessible clinical
trials for patients?
Only 10% of all cancer patients in the United States participate in clinical trials.  In a recent article from Reuters, they point to accessibility to clinical trials as one of the major barriers to participating in the trials.  In the article, Dr. Matthew D. Galsky, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, states that clinical trials are the sources of many of the major advancements in treatment for cancer, so efforts should be made to increase this number.

Not only do clinical trials for cancer treatments advance the science and lead towards cures but they also often provide better overall care for the patients.  Patients who participate in trials receive follow up, more treatment guidelines and are better able to manage treatment for their disease.  They also have frequent interaction with healthcare professionals who are closely  monitoring their disease as well as hope that traditional treatments might not provide.  By finding new and innovative ways to allow patients to participate in clinical trials, this allows patients who may not live near a trial site to access in a potentially life saving treatment.

In your opinion, what is one of the major setbacks to creating a more accessible clinical trials for patients with difficult to treat cancers?

Connecting the Innovation Dots: Solutions to the Disconnection Between the Pace of Technology and Traditional Approaches to Clinical Trials presented by by Donald Jones, Chief Digital Officer, Scripps Translational Science Institute will look at how trials can be rethought and give the opportunity to more cancer patients more access to participate in clinical trials.  For more information on this session and the rest of the Partnerships in Clinical Trials program, download the preliminary agenda.  If you'd like to join us April 22-24, 2015 in Boston, as a reader of this blog when you register to join us and mention code XP2000BL, you can save $100 off the current rate!

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