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
"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.