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In the latest ASCO in Action Podcast, Dr. Beverly Moy joined ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford A. Hudis to discuss financial barriers to patient participation in clinical trials—and solutions to address this problem. Dr. Moy stresses that improving trial participation in underserved groups is critical to discovering new cancer treatments that are effective in all populations. “No patient should be harmed financially because of their contributions to the advancement of science,” says Dr. Moy. “If we’re united in this belief, then we really can move forward together.”
ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research applauded the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) recent revision of its clinical trial protocol template to broaden eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trials.
ASCO is assembling a cohort of its members who are willing to participate in survey-based research projects of ASCO members for non-commercial purposes. The immense knowledge and experience of ASCO’s membership can help to accelerate the development of new insights and findings that may help to improve care and care delivery. Learn how to join today!
ASCO’s Research Community Forum (RCF) will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 12-1 p.m. ET to share highlights from this year’s RCF Annual Meeting workshop. Participants can gain valuable, actionable resources to implement in their own research programs. Register now.
Five oncologists sat down with ASCO to discuss why the live to conquer cancer and the future of cancer care. According to Mark A. O’Rourke, MD, the information and advancements that researchers have access to now, came from people who participated in clinical trials ten, twenty, and thirty years ago. “The tools of the future will come from clinical trials that people are participating in today,” says Dr. O’Rourke. Watch and share the video.
ASCO is assembling a cohort of its members who are willing to participate in survey-based research projects of ASCO members for non-commercial purposes. The immense knowledge and experience of ASCO’s membership can help to accelerate the development of new insights and findings that may help to improve care and care delivery. Learn how to join today!
The ASCO Research Community Forum 2018 Annual Meeting brought together 165 physician investigators and research staff from 34 states across the country—its largest meeting to date—to discuss contemporary challenges and develop creative solutions in conducting and managing clinical trials. Read more.
ASCO has issued a set of recommendations for overcoming financial barriers to patient participation in cancer clinical trials. ASCO's policy statement, "Addressing Financial Barriers to Patient Participation in Clinical Trials," also stresses the importance of increasing participation in clinical research, especially for patients from particular ethnic/racial, geographic, age, socioeconomic, and other underserved demographic subgroups.