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Achieving sufficient accrual to address the primary endpoint in phase III clinical trials from U.S. Cooperative Oncology Groups.

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Schroen, AT; Petroni, GR; Wang, H; Thielen, MJ; Gray, R; Benedetti, J; Wang, XF; Sargent, DJ; Wickerham, DL; Cronin, W; Djulbegovic, B; Slingluff, CL
Published in: Clin Cancer Res
January 1, 2012

PURPOSE: Assessing impact of poor accrual on premature trial closure requires a relevant metric. We propose defining accrual sufficiency on apparent ability to address primary endpoints (PE) rather than attaining accrual targets. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: All phase III trials open January 1, 1993, to December 31, 2002, by five U.S. oncology Clinical Trials Cooperative Groups (CTCG) were evaluated for accrual sufficiency and scientific results. Sufficient accrual included meeting accrual target, CTCGs documentation attesting adequate accrual, or conclusive results at interim analysis; insufficient accrual included poor accrual as cited closure reason or other reasons rendering a trial unable to address its primary endpoints. Closure rates based on our accrual sufficiency definition are compared with rates of meeting accrual targets and addressing the primary endpoints. A percentage of target accrual above which trials commonly answer the intended scientific question was identified to serve as an alternative to meeting full target accrual in designating accrual success. RESULTS: Of 238 eligible trials, 158 (66%) closed with sufficient accrual. Among 80 trials with insufficient accrual, 70 (29%) closed specifically because of poor accrual. Inadequate accrual rates are overemphasized when defining accrual success solely by meeting accrual targets. Nearly 75% of trials conclusively addressed the primary endpoints with positive results in 39% of trials. Exceeding 80% of target accrual serves as a reliable proxy for answering the intended scientific question. CONCLUSIONS: Approximately one third of phase III trials closed with insufficient accrual to address the primary endpoints, primarily due to poor accrual. Defining accrual sufficiency broader than meeting accrual targets represents a fairer account of trial closures.

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Clin Cancer Res

DOI

EISSN

1557-3265

Publication Date

January 1, 2012

Volume

18

Issue

1

Start / End Page

256 / 262

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Research Design
  • Prognosis
  • Patient Selection
  • Oncology & Carcinogenesis
  • Neoplasms
  • Humans
  • Clinical Trials, Phase III as Topic
  • Child
  • Benchmarking
 

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Schroen, A. T., Petroni, G. R., Wang, H., Thielen, M. J., Gray, R., Benedetti, J., … Slingluff, C. L. (2012). Achieving sufficient accrual to address the primary endpoint in phase III clinical trials from U.S. Cooperative Oncology Groups. Clin Cancer Res, 18(1), 256–262. https://doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-11-1633
Schroen, Anneke T., Gina R. Petroni, Hongkun Wang, Monika J. Thielen, Robert Gray, Jacqueline Benedetti, Xiaofei F. Wang, et al. “Achieving sufficient accrual to address the primary endpoint in phase III clinical trials from U.S. Cooperative Oncology Groups.Clin Cancer Res 18, no. 1 (January 1, 2012): 256–62. https://doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-11-1633.
Schroen AT, Petroni GR, Wang H, Thielen MJ, Gray R, Benedetti J, et al. Achieving sufficient accrual to address the primary endpoint in phase III clinical trials from U.S. Cooperative Oncology Groups. Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Jan 1;18(1):256–62.
Schroen, Anneke T., et al. “Achieving sufficient accrual to address the primary endpoint in phase III clinical trials from U.S. Cooperative Oncology Groups.Clin Cancer Res, vol. 18, no. 1, Jan. 2012, pp. 256–62. Pubmed, doi:10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-11-1633.
Schroen AT, Petroni GR, Wang H, Thielen MJ, Gray R, Benedetti J, Wang XF, Sargent DJ, Wickerham DL, Cronin W, Djulbegovic B, Slingluff CL. Achieving sufficient accrual to address the primary endpoint in phase III clinical trials from U.S. Cooperative Oncology Groups. Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Jan 1;18(1):256–262.

Published In

Clin Cancer Res

DOI

EISSN

1557-3265

Publication Date

January 1, 2012

Volume

18

Issue

1

Start / End Page

256 / 262

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Research Design
  • Prognosis
  • Patient Selection
  • Oncology & Carcinogenesis
  • Neoplasms
  • Humans
  • Clinical Trials, Phase III as Topic
  • Child
  • Benchmarking