Narrator: This is Science Today. Breast cancer researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are trying to find out why so few women are enrolling in clinical studies for the disease. Dr. Debu Tripathy says the first step is to figure out what the common barriers are.
Tripathy: It may be a matter of perception, or it may be a logistical problem. For example, the extra visits are very difficult for women to come to. They may need child care, they may need transportation. There may be concerns about extra cost or insurance covering it. These are the kinds of things we're trying to delve into.
Narrator: In the long run, Tripathy hopes the results of the study will lead to better education and improved enrollment.
Tripathy: It's very hard right now to envision what is the best strategy to do this when we don't actually know what the barriers are, so I think this information is going to be very helpful for us to come up with some reasonable strategies to improve accrual and we may even find that we need to change some things about how we are designing trials based on some of the concerns of women. I think this is a two way street and we may in fact need to change the whole methodology that we use for clinical trials.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.