Category Archives: clinical trials

The ‘cancer drugs scandal’: decision-making and the need to involve patients at every level

When will there be the level of user involvement in healthcare necessary to ensure patients get the information they need to make the decisions they want? ‘Nothing about us without us’: patients need the opportunity to be included in multidisciplinary … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – short video explains reality

TIME FOR HONESTY – This short video presents the true picture of breast screening programmes in a very easy to understand format. How shocking that this harmful ‘industry’ is allowed to continue (NHS BSP) and the age limit extended at … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – DCIS and the COMET trial

Women diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) are usually offered lumpectomy or mastectomy as standard treatment, although DCIS is not usually recognised as an actual cancer, but rather cell changes which may or may not become cancerous in the … Continue reading

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Breast screening, health checks and psychological tactics for GPs to encourage attendance, despite ineffectiveness and harms!

https://www.healthwatch-uk.org/images/Newsletters/Number_104.pdf If you enjoy the series ‘Yes, Minister’ you will probably love Issue 104, 2016-17 of the HealthWatch charity’s Newsletter, especially pages 6-8. Breast screening, health checks, nsaids, …what doesn’t work? In his acceptance speech, HealthWatch Award Winner Peter Gotzsche … Continue reading

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Breast cancer: reduction in deaths due treatment, not screening

Reduction in breast cancer deaths due to treatment, not screening, finds study in New England Journal of Medicine: Welch HG, Prorok PC, O’Malley AJ, Kramer BS. Breast cancer tumor size, overdiagnosis, and mammography screening effectiveness. N Engl J Med2016;published online 12 October. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1600249. and reported in bmj: … Continue reading

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Overdiagnosis – what is needed

An important paper by Kirsten McCaffery and colleagues looks at the problem of overdiagnosis in healthcare and discusses what is needed: ‘Communication that empowers the public, patients, clinicians, and policy makers to think differently about overdiagnosis will help support a … Continue reading

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Screening Mammography – Evidence-based vs politically-mandated care

An article in JAMA, 18th January 2016 raises concerns regarding the issue of science being disregarded in response to political pressures: ‘…Regarding its updated guidelines, the Task Force wrote, “the USPSTF cannot reinterpret the science and exaggerate the net benefit … Continue reading

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