June 29, 2015 | News Release Review

A “practice-changing” test for DCIS — but does it impact results that matter to patients?

This release focused on how the results of a test changed doctors’ treatment recommendations. It didn’t address whether those revised recommendations would improve outcomes for patients.

2 Star

Journal of Surgical Oncology Publishes Study Showing Oncotype DX® DCIS Score™ Result Changes Treatment Recommendations in 30 Percent of DCIS Breast Cancer Patients Physicians Ranked Oncotype DX DCIS Score Most Important Factor in Treatment Planning

June 28, 2015 | Story Review

Waiting too long to challenge claims of “perfect accuracy” in a pancreatic cancer test

This reasonably strong coverage of a new pancreatic cancer test needed a more aggressive rebuttal of claims to “perfect accuracy.”

3 Star

A blood test for pancreatic cancer may re-stack the odds in patients' favor

June 28, 2015 | Story Review

Harms, limitations missing from news release-based coverage of pancreatic cancer test

This story about a new pancreatic cancer test didn’t dig deeper than a news release announcing the study results.

2 Star

MD Anderson researchers find potential way to detect pancreatic cancer early

June 26, 2015 | Story Review 5

Enthusiasm for “100% accurate” pancreatic cancer test does not reflect limited evidence quality

Because pancreatic cancer is, as the story says, highly lethal once diagnosed, a possible early detection test is worth news coverage. But because of those same high stakes, any screening test deserves a thorough critical appraisal.

2 Star

Blood Test Might Detect Deadly Pancreatic Cancer in Early Stages

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