Government shutdown forces clinical trial patients to wait
October 2nd, 2013
02:32 PM ET
7 months ago

Government shutdown forces clinical trial patients to wait

(CNN) - Michelle Langbehn, 30, has endured nine months of chemotherapy, two cycles of radiation, a spinal fusion and several tumor removal surgeries. But the cancer that's attacking her body continues to spread, and her future treatment options are limited.

There was hope for the Auburn, California, mom - a clinical trial that's testing a new drug called Cabozantinib that's been approved to fight other cancers. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health had gathered Langbehn's medical records; they were set to evaluate her status on Monday to make an official enrollment decision, she says.

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