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Clinical trials can be a lifeline for patients with cancer, providing leading-edge care by clinicians dedicated to a specific disease, and the oncology community is filled with stories of patients whose lives were improved and/or extended due to participation in a trial. Despite the potential of clinical research to improve outcomes for patients with cancer, enrollment in trials remains stubbornly low—fewer than 3% of cancer patients in the U.S. participate.1According to a review of 7,776 adult oncology trials between 2005 and 2011, 20% closed early due to failure to meet their enrollment targets.2

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By Amanda Patton

Although multidisciplinary cancer care is synonymous with access to cutting-edge treatment options, including clinical trials, improving nationwide patient participation remains a challenge. Learn how this large independent oncology practice in northwest Arkansas grew its research program to offer patients access to phase I, II, and III trials in the communities where they live and work.


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    Amanda Patton, MA
    One important step toward supporting the health of Indigenous Peoples was the opening of the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research (CICR) at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in January 2020. Its mission: to reduce the impact of cancer on Indigenous communities regionally, nationally, and internationally.
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    Amanda Patton, MA
    One of the ways in which community oncology is helping to close gaps in cancer research is through participation in the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program clinical trials. The Lahey Health Cancer Institute, a part of the Beth Israel Lahey Health System, continues to expand access to clinical trials and, in particular, the NCI National Clinical Trials Network into the community by partnering with affiliated community hospitals.
  •  Trending Now in Cancer Care
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    Rather than fielding its annual Trending Now in Cancer Care survey while cancer programs were experiencing unprecedented challenges due to the extended public health emergency, ACCC chose to facilitate conversations with its members to capture the lived experiences of the most pertinent issues impacting oncology practice and care delivery.


1Institute of Medicine (US) Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation. Transforming Clinical Research in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities: Workshop Summary. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2010.

2Stensland KD, et al. Adult Cancer Clinical Trials That Fail to Complete: An Epidemic? JNCI. September 2014;106(9). https://doi.org/10.1093/jnci/dju229.