Cancer Clinical Trials:
What the Public Health and Primary Care Provider Need to Know

Originally broadcast December 15, 2011

Yelena Novik, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor; Medical Director-Clinical Trials Office
Department of Medicine (Residency Program)
NYU Cancer Institute

Michael L. Pearl, MD, FACOG, FACS
Professor and Director
Division of Gynecological Oncology
Stony Brook University Hospital

Only 3 – 5% of adult cancer survivors participate in clinical trials; older adults and minorities are even less likely to do so. Increased participation in cancer-related trials benefits society by helping to develop and test the safety of new cancer treatments, and benefits participants who receive high quality cancer care. This Public Health Live webcast will address psychosocial, financial and other barriers to recruitment into cancer clinical trials, highlight the disparities that exist in terms of participation and identify NYS resources and strategies which may help lower barriers and reduce disparities. 

After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Understand basic principles relating to cancer clinical trials, including purpose/limitations of Phase I, II and III clinical trials.
  • Understand the benefits associated with cancer clinical trials, using lessons learned and best practices gleaned from pediatric cancer clinical trials as a model.
  • Understand barriers to participation in clinical trials among adults at-risk for or affected with cancer and identify disparities in clinical trial participation.
  • Identify strategies to improve enrollment into cancer clinical trials, across all populations.

  • This program is offered in partnership with: Cancer Support and Survivorship Initiatives at The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease Control

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is an approved provider of continuing nurse education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Continuing Medical Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing education credits will be available until December 2014.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.