Clinical Trial Successes and Missed Opportunities


Richard Lee, MD, PhD, Clinical Co-Director of The Claire and John Bertucci Center for Genitourinary Cancers at Mass General Cancer Center

Dr. Richard Lee addressed the increased prostate cancer mortality among African American men. While mentioning the many new treatment options for prostate cancer since 2004, Dr. Lee stated that it’s unacceptable that the prostate cancer death rate among Black men remains twice as high as among White men. Black patients make up anywhere from 4-6% of clinical trial participants despite making up 12.1% of the US population.

 

He emphasized the importance of inclusivity and outlined several clinical trials in which Black patients had either better survival rates, similar survival rates to White patients, or lower risk of mortality. To provide the potential clinical trial benefits to Black patients, investigators should put patients at the center of trial design, insist on diversity and inclusion, address barriers to inclusion, focus on translating documents into other languages, and improve diversity in their workplace.

6 responses to “Clinical Trial Successes and Missed Opportunities”

  1. Martin DuPont

    Count me in!

  2. A.J. Mashia

    I am a 70 year old Black man, who would like to participate in a prostate cancer trial or testing. Send me more information. Thanks so much.

  3. PHEN Television

    Thank you for your feedback and for following PHEN. You can find prostate cancer clinical trials at phentrials.com. If you need any assistance in navigating it, feel free to send a message to Dr. Keith Crawford at [email protected] for help.

  4. PHEN Television

    Thank you for your feedback and for following PHEN. You can find prostate cancer clinical trials at phentrials.com. If you need any assistance in navigating it, feel free to send a message to Dr. Keith Crawford at [email protected] for help.

  5. Sherman Jones

    I’m a 71-year old who would like to participate in any trials pertaining to my health..

  6. Michael

    Hello, I was diagnosed with prostate bone cancer since March 2020. I am on Lupron and chemo. My psa has been lower from 91 to 6.2 as of six weeks ago.
    I need help to destroy this disease.
    Kind Regard
    Michael Everett
    [email protected]

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