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Pact With NCI Expands Veterans' Access to Trials

Pact With NCI Expands Veterans' Access to Trials

BETHESDA, Md--In a move designed to increase the pool of patients available for clinical trials, the National Cancer Institute has forged an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs that will increase the ability of veterans to enroll in phase I, II, and III studies.

Under the agreement, the VA will provide medical coverage for eligible veterans who participate in NCI-supported studies at non-VA facilities. The pact also envisions that more NCI studies will be conducted in VA hospitals and clinics.

"Developing an expanded pool of VA cancer researchers will strengthen our clinical research program across the board," said Robert Wittes, MD, director of NCI's Division of Cancer Treatment, Diagnosis, and Centers.

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