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An Amendment to Encourage Participation in Clinical Trials

December 14, 2009

Douglas Blayney, MD describes a new amendment introduced by Senators Brown and Hutchison. Insurers would be required to provide basic, routine care to cancer patients who participate in clinical trials.

This addresses what seems to be an important barrier to participation. And yet, one hopes that a surge in enrollment is balanced by sufficient counseling on the inherent risk of experimental treatments.