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Fewer Kids in Cancer Trials, Which Might Not Be a Bad Thing

There’s been a sharp decline in the number of U.S. children taking part in cancer clinical trials over the past few decades, but researchers say that might be good news.

Why? Having more effective treatments available now may be one reason for that decrease, they explained.

The researchers, from the University of Colorado Cancer Center, analyzed national data and found that pediatric oncology clinical trial enrollment fell from 40-70% in the 1990s, to 20-25% in the early 2000s, and to 19.9% currently.