Why is it so hard for patients with metastatic cancer to participate in clinical trials?

“Why don’t more cancer patients participate in clinical trials?” asked an oncologist on the panel.

This is a concern I’ve heard repeatedly at oncology-related conferences.

My response (as a former caregiver to a spouse with metastatic disease) is: Why does the medical system make it so hard for patients to find suitable trials? Accessing clinical trials can feel like pole vaulting into a walled city.

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