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Irish cancer patients less likely to given 'fresh hope' as we lag behind other countries in clinical trials

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'The Irish public is very positive about clinical trials and we really need to harness this,' said oncologist, Prof Ray McDermott. Photo posed: Depositphotos

'The Irish public is very positive about clinical trials and we really need to harness this,' said oncologist, Prof Ray McDermott. Photo posed: Depositphotos

'The Irish public is very positive about clinical trials and we really need to harness this,' said oncologist, Prof Ray McDermott. Photo posed: Depositphotos

Irish patients are less likely to be given the fresh hope offered by taking part in a clinical trial testing new treatments for illnesses such as cancer than those in other similar countries.

A new survey shows Ireland carried out fewer clinical trials overseen by drug companies between 2013 and 2021 than Finland and Denmark whose populations and wealth are similar to ours.


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