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The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) joined forces to ensure that cancer treatment trials better reflect the diversity of cancer populations. The collaboration is led by a steering group co-chaired by ASCO Board Chair Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, and ACCC Immediate Past President Randall A. Oyer, MD. The goal of the collaboration is to establish practical strategies and solutions to help increase participation in cancer treatment trials, with a focus on increasing cancer treatment trial participation among people from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic communities.

Pilot Project Underway to Test Strategies 

An initiative was recently launched to test a research site self-assessment tool and implicit bias training program, both of which are designed to address one of the greatest barriers to people participating in clinical trials: trials are not routinely being offered by clinicians to eligible patients. The steering group and the ASCO-ACCC Patient Partners Advisory Group have collaborated in the development of these resources.

Over 70 oncology research sites applied and were invited to be a part of a pilot project to test the feasibility and utility of the research site assessment tool and/or the implicit bias training program. The assessment tool will evaluate mainly site structural and procedural factors that may impact patient screening and participation. The training will be a curriculum-based program, combined with interventional exercises for enrolling patients, with the opportunity for participants to meet with other participating sites for an interactive, virtual discussion. This initial phase of the project will focus on cancer treatment trial screening and participation for people who are Black and/or Hispanic/Latinx.

The invited research sites and oncology practices comprise a mix of research and practice settings, including small and large research sites, and community- and academic-based oncology programs from diverse regions across the United States. See the full list of participating sites below. 

If you would like more information, please contact research@asco.org.

Announcements About the Initiative

Participating Research Sites:

  • Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital 
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center 
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital 
  • American Oncology partners of Maryland, PA 
  • Ascension Providence Hospital 
  • Atlanta VA Medical Center 
  • Baptist Cancer Center 
  • Ben Taub Hospital and Smith Clinic in the Harris Health System 
  • Capital Health System, Inc 
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 
  • East Carolina University/Vidant Medical Center 
  • Emory University Midtown Hospital 
  • Florida Cancer Specialists 
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center 
  • Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center 
  • Grady Health System 
  • GW Cancer Center 
  • Hawaii Cancer Care 
  • HealthPartners Institute (Cancer Research Center) 
  • Hennepin Healthcare 
  • Illinois CancerCare 
  • Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center 
  • Inova Schar Cancer Institute 
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital (Neuro-Oncology) 
  • Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center SOM - UNC 
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Marshfield Clinic 
  • Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center 
  • Maryland Oncology Hematology PA 
  • Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota 
  • Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper 
  • Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital 
  • Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida 
  • Moffitt Cancer Center 
  • Mosaic Life Care 
  • Northside Hospital - Research Department 
  • Norton Cancer Institute  
  • NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center  
  • Sanford Health 
  • SCL Health Saint Joseph Hospital Cancer Centers of Colorado 
  • Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health 
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital 
  • St. Vincent Healthcare Cancer Centers of Montana 
  • Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center 
  • Stephenson Cancer Center NCI CC, University of Oklahoma 
  • Stony Brook University Medical Center 
  • Sutter Medical Center 
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center - University of Miami 
  • Tennessee Oncology 
  • Texas Oncology - Downtown Fort Worth Cancer Center 
  • The University of Illinois Cancer Center 
  • The University of Kansas Cancer Center 
  • The Valley Hospital 
  • Thompson Cancer Survival Center 
  • Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
  • UH Minoff Chagrin Highlands 
  • UH Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center 
  • University of California, San Francisco 
  • University of Florida Health Cancer Center 
  • University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center 
  • University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center 
  • University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Kaufman Cancer Center 
  • University of Virginia 
  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center 
  • UNMC Fred & Pamela Buffet Cancer Center 
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center 
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center 
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
  • Virginia Cancer Specialists Research Institute 
  • Wilmot Cancer Institute, University of Rochester 
  • Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital 
  • Winship Cancer Institute - Clifton Campus