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Perspective - Journal of Clinical Oncology and Cancer Research (2021) Volume 4, Issue 2

Research on uterine cervix cancer

Women in the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (PR) have a higher age-adjusted incidence rate for uterine cervix cancer than the U.S. mainland as well as substantial access and economic barriers to cancer care. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) funds a Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program in PR (PRNCORP) as part of a national network of community-based health-care systems to conduct multisite cancer clinical trials in diverse populations. Participation by the PRNCORP in NCI’s uterine cervix site visit in PR to assess barriers impeding site activation and accrual to its sponsored gynaecologic cancer clinical trials. Qualitative cancer clinical trials, however, has remained limited. This study reports on the findings of an NCI, semi-structured individual, and group interviews were conducted at six PRNCORP-affiliated locations to ascertain: long-term trial accrual objectives; key stakeholders in PR that address uterine cervix cancer care; key challenges or barriers to activating and to enrolling patients in NCI uterine cervix cancer treatment trials; and resources, policies, or procedures in place or needed on the island to support NCI-sponsored clinical trials.

Author(s): Tracey Kezia

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