Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria a Growing Obstacle

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“Despite a decade-long call for simplification of clinical trials, the number of criteria excluding patients from participating in clinical trials for lung cancer research continues to rise.

“Researchers found a nearly 60 percent increase in exclusion criteria by reviewing 74 National Cancer Institute-sponsored lung   from 1986 to 2016.”

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