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June 25, 2014

Low Patient Enrollment Threatens Cancer Trials

Answers include less red tape, more communication and coordination; study cites need for more accrual data.

Low Patient Enrollment Threatens Cancer Trials

Industry cost-cutting and fewer physicians participating in clinical trials are among the hurdles to cancer R&D listed in a recent report. [© michaeljung - Fotolia.com]

Just 2% to 5% of adult patients now enroll in US cancer trials, according to estimates offered over the past 15 years—a distressingly low number that has focused the attention of patient advocates, doctors, and at least one pharma giant on finding reasons, and more importantly, solutions...

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