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It may not be ethical to ask patients to participate in future trials

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:249
  1. Maggie Harding
  1. Senior registrar in public health medicine Health Care Evaluation Unit, Department of Public Health Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE

    EDITOR,—Meta-analysis suggests that chemotherapy may have a role in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.1 The authors note that the place of such treatment is uncertain, given the toxicity of platinum based combinations and the small survival advantage. An accompanying editorial suggests that, as the number of people with lung cancer worldwide is large, even a small individual chance of benefit is worth while in terms of population health gain.2

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