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Lisa A. Lacasse: Expanding access to clinical trials is critical
May 17, 2024, 21:38

Lisa A. Lacasse: Expanding access to clinical trials is critical

Karen Knudsen shared a post by Lisa A. Lacasse on LinkedIn, adding:

“Increased enrollment in critical trials is key to accelerating progress against cancer!”

Quoting Lisa A. Lacasse’s post:

“Expanding access to clinical trials is critical. Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Institute, Dr. Kimryn Rathmell’s editorial responds to recently released research authored by American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)’s Dr. Mark Fleury highlighting the discrepancy between increased enrollment and remaining disparities in treatment trial access. Find Dr. Fleury’s research here.

Differential enrollment is evident between NCI-designated and non-NCI sites, shedding light on the pivotal role of personnel and infrastructure at facilities. A decisive step towards progress lies in robust investments in the NCI’s budget, such as efforts to increase community trial capacity.

As a commitment to generate solutions, the NCI is assembling an Ad Hoc Working Group, created to enhance community clinical trial participation – a commendable dedication to patient-focused approaches.

As a part of the broader National Cancer Plan, these findings support the goal to reduce cancer death rates by half through improved trial access. The American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) stand ready to help the NCI develop and implement strategies to improve trial capacity.

“Expand research infrastructure for all types of clinical and observational studies, developing and streamlining methods to increase access to participation for all.” -National Cancer Plan.”

Source: Karen Knudsen/LinkedIn and Lisa A. Lacasse/LinkedIn

Karen Knudsen is the CEO of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). Prior to joining ACS, Dr. Knudsen served as executive vice president of Oncology Services and enterprise director for Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health.

She also served as president for the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), representing the 102 leading cancer centers in North America, and on the board of directors of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Dr. Knudsen currently holds leadership roles with some of the most important cancer entities in the United States.
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She serves on the board of advisors for the National Cancer Institute and on 12 external advisory boards for NCI-designated cancer centers. She is an active member of several committees with the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in addition to serving on other academic and for-profit advisory boards.

Lisa A. Lacasse is a President at American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. As president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), Lisa leads more than 200 staff in Washington, D.C. and across the country in advancement of laws, policies and regulations that support the American Cancer Society’s mission to reduce death and suffering caused by cancer.