5/12/09 My remark: It probably has become worse since then.
Don’t wait, look as early as possible for alternative solutions [as well.]
Most patients wait until oncology tells them they have little to offer anymore They are brainwashed by oncologists that they have the only solution and that looking for other possibilities is dangerous
(Ivanhoe Newswire) May 12, 2009 — Many people assume that clinical research is objective, but a new study reveals almost one-third of cancer studies report a conflict of interest.
Researchers from the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., reviewed more than 1,500 cancer research studies published in prominent medical journals.
They analyzed the articles to determine declared funding sources and conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest was identified if it was explicitly declared by the authors, if an author was an employee of industry, or if the study had industry funding.
Results showed the most frequent type of conflict was funding of the study, which was seen in 17 percent of the papers. About 12 percent of the papers had a study author who was an industry employee. The investigators also found that trials with reported conflicts of interest were more likely to have positive results.
“Given the frequency we observed for conflicts of interest and the fact that conflicts were associated with study outcomes, I would suggest that merely disclosing conflicts is probably not enough,” Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., study author, was quoted as saying. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that we need to look more at how we can disentangle cancer research from industry ties.”
SOURCE: CANCER, published online