If there's one medical treatment that proponents of "alternative medicine" love to hate, it's chemotherapy. Rants against "poisoning" are a regular staple on "alternative health" websites, usually coupled with insinuations or outright accusations that the only reason oncologists administer chemotherapy is because of the "cancer industrial complex" in which big pharma profits massively from selling chemotherapeutic agents and oncologists and hospitals profit massively from administering them. Indeed, I've lost track of the number of such rants I've deconstructed over the last nine years. Usually, they boil down to two claims: (1) that chemotherapy doesn't work against cancer (or, as I've called it before, the "2% gambit") and (2) that the only reason it's given is because doctors are brainwashed in medical school or because of the profit motive or, of course, because of a combination of the two. Of course, the 2% gambit is based on a fallacious cherry picking of data and confusing … [Read more...] about So chemotherapy does work, after all (revisited)
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The Cancer Moonshot. It’s a topic that I’ve been meaning to address ever since President Barack Obama announced it in his State of the Union address this year and tasked Vice President Joe Biden to head up the initiative. Biden, you’ll recall, lost his son to a brain tumor . Yet here it is, eight months later, and somehow I still haven’t gotten around to it. The goal of the initiative is to “eliminate cancer as we know it,” and to that end, with $195 million invested immediately in new cancer activities at the National Institutes of Health and $755 million proposed for FY 2017. My first thought at the time was that that wasn’t nearly enough money to achieve the ambitious goals set out by the President. That has now become particularly clear now that a week and a half ago the National Cancer Institute released the report from the initiative’s blue ribbon panel suggesting ten ways to speed up progress against cancer. Initial thoughts on the … [Read more...] about Can the Cancer Moonshot do what its advocates promise?
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 19, 2018 / 4:52 PM GMT By Herb Weisbaum Some of the country’s biggest and most prestigious cancer treatment centers are using misleading testimonials in their marketing that don't disclose their stories of patients beating cancer aren't typical results, according to a new report. Out of 48 cancer centers, 90 percent used “deceptively promoting atypical patient testimonials,” according to the report, “Deceptive Marketing of Hope,” published by Truth In Advertising, a nonprofit consumer watchdog. The report included high profile cancer treatment names such as MD Anderson in Houston, Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, Dana-Farber in Boston, and Moffitt in Tampa, Florida. It also highlights Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), a for-profit hospital headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, the cancer … [Read more...] about Consumer group says most U.S. cancer centers use misleading ads