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Why do patients often avoid participating in clinical cancer trials?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Patients' fears about experimental treatments, placebos, unnecessary testing, and cost of care often keep them from even considering a trial, let alone enrolling in one. Many of these fears are unfounded. For example, patients often think that every trial includes a group who will receive a placebo. But in cancer trials, that's not the case. Instead, patients who are assigned to control groups almost always receive standard treatment.

 



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