Cancer trials delayed by contraceptive objections

Clinical trials for cancer patients at some Dublin hospitals owned by religious orders have been delayed due to objections over the use of contraception.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
1st October, 2005

Clinical trials for cancer patients at some Dublin hospitals owned by religious orders have been delayed due to objections over the use of contraception. Many experimental drugs used to treat cancer have been found to cause birth defects, and increase the risk of miscarriage, so doctors recommend that women avoid becoming pregnant when receiving the experimental treatment.

Patients undergoing experimental trials must sign a consent form and the trials are governed by protocols that safeguard...

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