SWOG study: Cancer trial participation does not eliminate disparities for poor patients

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Even with access to a clinical trial, cancer patients living in the poorest neighborhoods in America have a nearly 30% greater chance of dying from their disease compared to the wealthiest patients, SWOG Cancer Research Network study results show.

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