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Proceed To Article Lack Of Older Patients In Cancer Studies A Problem, Report Warns
Elderly cancer patients are severely underrepresented in cancer clinical studies, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Sixty-three percent of people with cancer in the United States are age 65 or older, yet this group comprises just 25 percent of patients enrolled in cancer studies. More...

Proceed To Article President Announces Medicare Coverage For Clinical Trials
Saying that important clinical trials do not include enough seniors, President Clinton announced on 08 June 2000 that Medicare will revise its payment policy to reimburse the routine patient care costs of clinical trials. The change means that 40 million seniors will have access to cancer clinical trials, a move that could speed new treatments into regular use.More....

Proceed To Article Clinical Trials And Insurance Coverage
As a patient considers enrolling in a clinical trial, he will face the critical issue of how to cover the costs of care. Even if he has health insurance, the coverage may not include some or all of the patient care costs associated with a clinical trial. This is because some health plans define clinical trials as "experimental" or "investigational" procedures. More...
Proceed To Article Clinical Trials Not Costly
Medical care costs for patients enrolled in cancer clinical trials are about the same as costs for patients not enrolled in trials, concludes a report from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study, based at Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, a large health maintenance organization, supports earlier studies and helps the cause of advocates calling for health plans to cover the medical care costs of clinical trials.More...

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