Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cancer treatment: a work in process

This article points out the profound challenges in cancer treatment and the difficulty in selecting the right option, even under the recommendation of trusted oncologists, surgeons and radiologists.

NY Times article on breast cancer

Note that in the study it was randomized. Science and cancer treatment needs these kind of controlled studies to determine what works best. But as a cancer patient you're not always interest in a random trial, you want what works, or at least what you are led to believe what works. But so many treatments down the line end up not creating an outcome that is materially different than the status quo.

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