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Health Agencies Update
August 28, 2018

Expanding Veterans’ Access to Cancer Clinical Trials

JAMA. 2018;320(8):748. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.12069

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are collaborating to make clinical trials of novel cancer treatments more accessible to veterans.

Although the VA already conducts clinical trials in cancer and other diseases at more than 100 sites nationwide, its facilities often have challenges initiating and completing trials, in part because their staffs might lack adequate support to handle regulatory and administrative tasks involved in these studies, according to the agency.