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Focus On Older Patients

About 60 percent of all new cancer diagnoses occur in older patients. Yet a 2004 study found only 32 percent of cancer clinical trial participants were 65 or older.

Efforts are underway to make trials more accessible to older individuals by broadening eligibility criteria, dropping upper-age limits, encouraging researchers to use geriatric assessments and designing studies specifically for older patients. Groups focused on these issues include:


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