The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Association for 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 Board Chair of the Association for Clinical Oncology 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 clinical 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.
Over 40 oncology research sites were recruited to be a part of a pilot project to test 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.
Research sites were invited to apply to participate in the pilot project. Selected research sites and oncology practices will 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.
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