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Website makes finding a clinical trial easier

While we’d all like to have straightforward medical diagnoses with simple solutions, some of us get thrown curveballs: a rare disease that strikes fewer than 1 in 10,000 people, or a life-threatening illness with no known cure. In these cases, entering a clinical trial may make sense for patients. The government’s website can be difficult to navigate, making it tough to find the appropriate trial to enter, even when a doctor is searching.

“You have to be pretty sophisticated when searching this site since drugs are often listed by their original names, which are a bunch of letters and numbers,” said Dr. David Ryan, chief of hematology and oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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