This CRN Administrative Supplement explored the barriers preventing the accrual of Asian women in breast cancer treatment and prevention trials from the provider and patient perspectives. In a pilot study to assess barriers to participation, the study team surveyed 132 oncologists and interviewed 19 Asian-American women with cancer from Northern California. Forty-four oncologists responded. Identified barriers include language problems, lack of culturally relevant cancer information, and complex protocols. While most oncologists stated that they informed Asian-American women about treatment trials, only four women interviewed knew about trials. Other patient-identified barriers were fear of side effects, language problems, competing needs, and fear of experimentation. Family involvement in decision making was a barrier for both oncologists and patients. The findings indicate that Asian-American women need better (linguistically appropriate) information about cancer treatment trials, and future research should evaluate cultural barriers such as family decision making.
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