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Lower Death Rate in Lung Cancer Patients Who Enrolled in Clinical Trials

Key clinical point: Patients with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer who enrolled in clinical trials at one center had a near 50% lower risk of death versus nonenrollees treated at the same center.

Major finding: Median survival was 838 days for the clinical trial enrollees versus 454 days for nonenrollees, with a risk of death 47% lower for enrollees relative to nonenrollees after adjustment for patient- and tumor-specific variables.

Study details: A retrospective study including 371 patients diagnosed with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer between 2001 and 2015.

Disclosures: The study authors reported disclosures related to numerous pharmaceutical companies.


Merkhofer C et al. QCS 2019, Abstract 137.