Case for Support of Clinical Trials in Georgia
Many if not most of the advances in life expectancy and quality of life for cancer
patients and survivors as reported by the American Cancer Society are a result of
cancer clinical trials.
Far fewer patients enroll in clinical trials than are needed to answer the most
pressing cancer questions quickly. (1)
The low accrual rate in cancer clinical trials has a profound effect on the quality
of cancer care provided to all cancer patients. (2)
Access to cancer clinical trials is a key quality measure for delivery of health
care services, and one of the established standards for delivery of comprehensive
cancer care. (3)
Minorities with cancer are less likely to be offered participation in a clinical
trial and African Americans are known to enroll in clinical trials at much lower
rates than Caucasians. (4)
The most prevalent barrier to participation in clinical trials is lack of awareness.
However, participants report high levels of satisfaction with care received while
enrolled in clinical trials. (5)
For these reasons, the Georgia Cancer Coalition joined with the Georgia Society
of Clinical Oncology and many others to create Georgia CORE. One of the first statewide
clinical trials networks in the nation, Georgia CORE is a partnership of academic
medical centers and community oncologists. Currently, Georgia CORE’s research network
represents 186 oncologists in 53 research sites located in 27 cities in Georgia.
Georgia is home to over 400 adult cancer trials – 4 out of every 10 trials are conducted
outside greater Atlanta.
- Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups, 2003
- National Cancer Institute, 2004
- American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer Standards, 2004
- President’s Cancer Panel, 2004-2005 Report
- C-Change and the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups, 2006