Apoptosis Based Gene Therapy of Breast Cancer
Annual summary 1 Aug 2003-31 Jul 2004
LAHEY CLINIC FOUNDATION BOSTON MA
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The focus of this project is to improve the clinical research efforts of the Lahey Clinic in breast cancer. The Clinic provides care to over 200 womenyear with newly diagnosed breast cancer. The primary goal of this project is to increase the number of women at the Lahey Clinic who participate in clinical studies that evaluate new diagnostic techniques and treatments for women with breast cancer. Unfortunately we did not reach our objective of 20 patients as stated in our statement of work. The major factor was that trial closure limited opportunities for patient enrollment. We have been successful in participating in diagnostic studies for breast cancer, accruing 500 patients this year to studies evaluating new imaging techniques for breast cancer. I developed a prospective process for identification and accrual of new breast cancer patients. I, as well, developed a system that enhances accrual by initiating a formal evaluation process for new breast cancer protocols being considered by our clinicians. We evaluate protocols for scientific merit, feasibility based upon expected patient population size, and economic factors. We believe this committee will help promote patient accrual to breast cancer trials. We hope these efforts will augment clinical trial participation.
- Medicine and Medical Research