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Access to clinical trials drives dramatic increases in survival from childhood cancer
Date:7/17/2012

the important question of whether patients who participate in clinical trials have better outcomes than those who do not," conclude the authors in their paper. The Childhood Cancer Research Group will continue to monitor survival at population level.

Prof Pritchard-Jones said: "If no trial is available it may not have an immediate effect on survival. However, if that situation were to persist for many years, one would predict that the rate of improvement of survival would cease and children in the UK would no longer be receiving 'cutting edge' treatment at the international forefront of innovative thinking. There is still a great need for this in many, if not all childhood cancers, due to the toxicity of the treatment, its propensity to cause side effects later in life, and the fact that we still don't cure everyone."


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