Monday, August 03, 2009

Too Few Cancer Patients Involved in Clinical Trials

An article in the New York Times today puts a spotlight on the dearth of adult cancer patients who volunteer for clinical trials. One doctor quoted suggests that cancer survival rates won't improve until new treatments are tested against standard ones. Currently 3 percent of adult cancer patients participate in clinical trials.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health maintains, which is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and globally. It provides information about the purpose of clinical trials and who may participate in them, and it allows you to search for studies by sponsor, drug intervention, location, or condition (such as cancer). For additional clinical medical information from the government, see the website of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Want more government resources about clinical trials on cancer? Try using the search terms "clinical trial*" and cancer in Chinook, our library catalog.

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