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Talazoparib touted as ‘promising,’ but is it any better than a similar breast cancer drug that’s already available?
To its credit, the story did a good job explaining how many women experienced adverse events in the treatment group and the control group.
Breast Cancer Drug Promising in Phase 3 Trial
It’s way too soon to know if melanoma blood test will save ‘thousands of lives’
Early on the CNN story makes a bold claim that the test could save thousands of lives, yet in many cases, early detection of cancer does not guarantee a longer, healthier life.
Experimental blood test could detect melanoma skin cancer early, study finds
Pharma banks on cancer patients who are ‘determined to keep fighting’
Promoted ads and videos for the cancer drug Cyramza (ramucirumab) began showing up on Twitter in May. They’ve also appeared in print publications. The ads encourage you to read the words of “determined Cyramza patients” whose faces come alive with color as phrases such as “I want to keep a flower garden” “I want to […]3
A venti-sized serving of misinformation in news stories on latest coffee study
If you want to get a sense of how tired readers are of the latest round of headlines pondering the health benefits (or risks) of coffee, then all you need to do is read the replies on this tweet: Coffee is good for you, more science shows. https://t.co/YiZ7yOfItw — NBC News (@NBCNews) July 2, 2018 […]
NPR deftly summarizes results of early study using polio vaccine for brain cancer, except industry conflicts of interest
The only thing the story lacked was disclosing that seven of the researchers on the study reported financial interests in the company that holds the license for the treatment.
Doctors Try Genetically Modified Poliovirus As Experimental Brain Cancer Treatment
Understanding medical tests: A new addition to our toolkit addressing sensitivity, specificity, and other core concepts
Hardly a day goes by without some media outlet making an impressive-sounding claim about the accuracy of a new medical test. “Prostate cancer breakthrough as UK team develops more accurate test“ “New Breath and Urine Tests May Detect Early Breast Cancer More Accurately” “Portable device detects severe stroke in seconds with 92% accuracy” But as […]
Understanding medical tests: sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value
“Prostate cancer breakthrough as UK team develops more accurate test“ “A Simple 3-Part Test May Predict Alzheimer’s” “Portable device detects severe stroke in seconds with 92% accuracy” Headlines like these touting new medical tests often include impressive-sounding claims of accuracy. Consider this HealthDay story about an experimental breath test said to be “85% accurate” for […]
Newsworthy vitamin D research, accurately and cautiously explained by the American Cancer Society
This is a balanced and carefully written report on a newly published study linking vitamin D levels and colorectal cancer risk.
Large international study links blood vitamin D levels to colorectal cancer risk
Here’s one detail that should be included in almost all stories about cancer screening studies
This is an oversight we see often in news stories reporting on research about new cancer screening tests.
NEW PROSTATE CANCER DNA SPIT TEST DEVELOPED BY SCIENTISTS
Numerous problems plague Guardian’s coverage of ‘holy grail of cancer research’
The Guardian story not only misleads readers with a grandiose headline, it fails to provide readers with a balanced discussion of the significant limitations and harms that many experts consider salient when it comes to liquid biopsies.
'Holy grail of cancer research': doctors positive about early detection blood test
Are the clinical trial results for breast cancer drug taselisib ‘incredibly exciting’ or ‘disappointing’?
The recent publicity around Roche’s drug taselisib is a bit like a choose-your-own-adventure book: Depending on what news release or news article you read, you’d likely have very different conclusions about the drug’s performance in a recent clinical trial. Presented at ASCO18, the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the phase 3 […]
As world’s largest cancer conference gets underway, keep these three tweets in mind
This weekend members of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will hold their annual meeting in Chicago. It’s one of the largest scientific conferences in the world, with thousands of studies being presented on new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. But those presentations are often very limited in the time provided and […]7
Many journalists fail to question new Cancer Society colorectal cancer screening guidelines
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its colorectal cancer screening guidelines, lowering the recommended age to start screening from 50 to 45. Many national outlets picked up the potentially practice-changing news with these headlines: CNN: Colon and rectal cancer screenings should start at 45, new guidelines say NBC: Colon cancer screening should start at […]
Plug for patent on ‘cancer trap’ device misleads
Based on the information in the release, the device appears to be — at this point — little more than a concept.
UTA researcher patents “roach motel” for cancer
ASCO pumps up a one-sided view of lung cancer screening: Here’s what most of the coverage missed
Among the thousands of research abstracts released to the public on Wednesday by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), just six were selected to be highlighted in a news conference with journalists. Of those six, one was an analysis showing only about 2% of heavy smokers are screened for lung cancer despite a recommendation […]