LSS’ IMPACT—Hub & Spoke Clinical Trial Network for Blood Cancer-based Clinical Research-as-a-Care Option

LSS’ IMPACT—Hub & Spoke Clinical Trial Network for Blood Cancer-based Clinical Research-as-a-Care Option

Patients with blood cancers could ultimately benefit from more research funded recently thanks to a research grants program sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Involving collaboration with Mayo Clinic, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Weill Cornell Medicine, the funding seeks to boost the representation of geographically, ethnically, and economically underserved communities in clinical trials. Part of the clinical-research-as-a-care-option movement in cancer, the foundation and patient society launched the IMPACT program, which stands for “Influential Medicine Providing Access to Clinical Trials,” a series of grants to boost enrollment of individuals from these underrepresented communities to participate in research. When it comes to some blood cancer scenarios, this could be literally a matter of life and death. The result of this funding, while not huge, could nonetheless be the making for an interesting and vital clinical trials infrastructure, with Mayo Clinic, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Weill Cornell Medicine as the “hubs” and a network of hospitals and clinics—perhaps in addition to the named care centers in the future participants...

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