gpawelski Posted August 31, 2007 Share Posted August 31, 2007 A recent article published by the National Institute of Health concluded that "about one fourth of abstracts at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meetings have an author with a personal financial interest." Since many of these abstracts are about the results of clinical studies, this means that the study results are being penned by authors that may have a "personal financial interest" in the outcome. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entre ... d_RVDocSum Attitudes toward research participation and investigator conflicts of interest among advanced cancer patients participating in early phase clinical trials. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entre ... d_RVDocSum These two articles touch on a critical subject - when an oncologist recommends a treatment the reason behind the recommendation may be complex. It can be a result of the doctor's training and experience in combination with the investments made by the hospital or the doctors own research interests or their financial relationships with various outside entities. In short, a patient and their family must be their own best advocate and get at the heart as to why a specific treatment regimen is being suggested. Don't be afraid to ask questions to make informed treatment decisions! Source: Cancer Wire Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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