As the health care systems in Canada ramp up to meet the coming COVID-19 (Coronavirus) challenges, the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) recognizes that this may have an impact on the conduct and availability of cancer clinical trials.
People living with cancer are at an increased risk from COVID-19 because of underlying medical conditions and a compromised immune system. Patient care, safety and well-being are a priority while we work to minimize the impact and duration of this pandemic.
Challenges for patients participating in a trial may arise from; social distancing requirements, cancer centre restrictions, travel limitations, interruptions to the supply of investigational products, or because of the strain on hospital resources. These challenges may lead to difficulties in meeting trial-specified procedures, including following trial-mandated visits or follow-up, and access to laboratory or diagnostic testing.
ENZAMET | CCTG PR17 (NCT02446405) study has been highlighted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020 annual report as a major advance in cancer treatment. The results were first presented at ASCO 2019, the trial demonstrated that hormone therapy with a drug called enzalutamide can improve the survival of some men with advanced, hormone‐sensitive prostate cancer.
Prof Annette Hay speaks to ecancer at the ASH 2019 meeting in Orlando about accrual barriers and detection of early toxicity signal in older, less-fit patients treated with azacitidine and nivolumab for newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) or high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Prof Hay says that AML and MDS are typically diseases of older people, yet these patients are poorly represented in clinical trials.
Today we think about cancer in terms of the tumour site—breast, lung, colon, brain, each is separate with different treatments. Precision medicine is a new way of looking at cancer. Instead of focusing on the site of the cancer, it identifies the genetic abnormalities that make cancer possible in individual patients.
Canadian Cancer Research Alliance has announced the recipients of their 2017 awards: former CCTG Director, Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer will recieve the Exceptional Leadership in Cancer Research award and Ms. Judy Needham will receive the Exceptional Leadership in Patient Involvement in Cancer award.