When it comes to clinical trials, oncology research is in a league of its own. Cancer is a complex disease with more than 100 different types, each presenting unique challenges. Adding to that, patients with cancer often have comorbidities, which can make it more difficult to enroll them in trials. In fact, a study published in JAMA Oncology found that cancer patients were more likely to have at least one comorbidity than patients without cancer. Oncology clinical trials have also been shown to have the highest relative mean number of protocol deviations affecting more than 40% of patients enrolled in each trial, according to a study from Tufts.
And let's not forget about the treatment regimens and monitoring involved in oncology clinical trials. Patients may receive chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery, which can have significant side effects. With more than 60% of patients with cancer experiencing some form of treatment-related toxicity, close monitoring and care are essential.
But there's hope. Technology is rapidly improving oncology clinical research at the site level and beyond. At ProofPilot, for example, our platform includes patient tracking and monitoring, electronic informed consent, workflow management tools that help streamline processes and improve data quality – so that sites can spend more time working directly with patients than overburdened with technology operations.
Workflow management is one area where health tech can make a significant difference. By using workflow management software like our digital protocol automation platform, research staff can eliminate guesswork and ensure that everything is in one place. This includes reminders, reference materials, and the right technology to support clinical research. By streamlining processes and improving data quality, we can accelerate the pace of research and bring new treatments to patients faster.
As the Chief Product Officer at ProofPilot, I am excited about using technology to transform clinical research and improve patient outcomes. By embracing technology and leveraging tools like workflow management and data collection and management, we can make oncology clinical trials more efficient, effective, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.
With more than 1.9 million new cancer cases expected in the United States in 2021 alone, the need for innovation and technology-driven solutions in oncology clinical research has never been more crucial. Let's come together to make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Join us in the quest to transform clinical research and improve patient outcomes.