Results for: cancer

Supplement vendors make unfounded cancer treatment claims

A new analysis shows widespread marketing of natural health products for the prevention or treatment of cancer.

/ March 5, 2020

Genetics and evolution in cancer

Several new studies were published earlier this month describing the sequencing of over 2,600 cancer genomes. What the results show include what sorts of mutations drive cancer development and how evolution makes cancers so difficult to treat.

/ February 17, 2020

A miracle cancer prevention and treatment? Not necessarily as the analysis of 26 articles by legendary Hans Eysenck shows.

A recent investigation at King's College London has revealed major problems in the scientific career of one of psychology's most published scientists, Hans Eysenck.

/ January 31, 2020

Contrary to what we are frequently told, we are not “losing the war on cancer” (2020 edition)

The narrative we hear from the media (and, of course, from alternative medicine mavens) is that we are "losing the war on cancer." It's actually not true. As the latest statistics from the American Cancer Society show, the mortality rate from cancer has been declining for decades.

/ January 13, 2020

Do dietary supplements affect the survival of cancer patients?

Do dietary supplements offer advantages or risks to breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy?

/ January 9, 2020

Herbal Products and Cancer Treatment

Oncologists increasingly are warning their patients away from alternative herbal treatments, and with good reason.

/ November 20, 2019

“Eliminating cancer” with Traditional Chinese Medicine and other state-sanctioned quackery

State-approved continuing education courses pump a steady stream of fresh pseudoscience into acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine practice. Courses include claims of "eliminating cancer" and "reversing pediatric asthma" as well as anti-vaccination tropes.

/ October 24, 2019
Chris Wark didn't beat cancer

Chris Beat Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide to Making a Killing

Chris Wark has a new book out, with the unsurprising title of Chris Beat Cancer. It purports to be a guide to beating cancer. It's not.

/ September 5, 2019

The FDA’s accelerated drug approval program is failing to protect cancer patients

Drug approval is a process that should be and, for the most part, is rooted in rigorous science. However, there is always a countervailing pressure to approve new drugs rapidly, particularly in cancer. That's why the FDA created the accelerated approval program in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, increasingly this approval process appears to be failing us in oncology. Reform is needed.

/ June 3, 2019

CAM and cancer: Who uses CAM, and why?

Many patients with cancer use complementary and alternative medicine, and it is important to understand why.

/ May 16, 2019