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Published on October 22nd, 2018

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Database

A TINA.org investigation revealed that numerous cancer centers in the U.S. are deceptively using patient testimonials in their marketing materials, that is, testimonials that promote anecdotal, atypical patient results without clearly and conspicuously disclosing what the generally expected results for a patient in a similar situation would be. Moreover, within this sampling of deceptive testimonials many also promote clinical trials (i.e., research endeavors with no guarantee of therapeutic benefit), as well as novel treatments, such as immunotherapy and/or experimental procedures, without clearly and conspicuously disclosing their limitations, risks and relative rarity.

Below is a sampling of TINA.org’s findings for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  If any of the testimonials attribute the patient’s success to a clinical trial, the entry appears in bold italics.

This center was notified of TINA.org’s findings on October 22nd, 2018.

To learn more about the statistics and criteria used in TINA.org’s investigation, as well as other information, click here.

Name Cancer Type Testimonial SEER 5-Year Survival Rate*
Allison B. Ovarian Blog 47.4%
Barry Lung Instagram 18.6%
Caitlin’s Dad Pancreatic Website 8.5%
Caitlin’s Dad Pancreatic Facebook 8.5%
Carolyn Ovarian, Stage 4 Video (as seen on Website) 29.2%
Deb R. Breast, Stage 4 Blog 27.0%
Donnie L. Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Blog 27.4%
Ellie Lung, Stage 4 Video (as seen on Youtube) 4.7%
Harry B. Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Website 27.4%
Jake D. Brain Blog 33.2%
Jeff Lung, Stage 4 Video (as seen on Youtube) 4.7%
John B. Pancreatic Audio (as seen on Blog) 8.5%
Katie J. Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Blog 27.4%
Katie J. Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Video (as seen on Youtube) 27.4%
Kevin Melanoma, Stage 4 Website 22.5%
Laura G. Lung, Stage 3 Blog 29.7%
Manuel S. Liver, Stage 4 Instagram 2.4%
Megan M. Breast, Stage 4 Video (as seen on Youtube) 27.0%
Michael Brain Video (as seen on Website) 33.2%
Robin Lung Website 18.6%
Robin Lung Facebook 18.6%
Sayde P. Breast, Stage 4 Blog 27.0%
Susan Breast, Stage 4 Website 27.0%
Susan J. Brain Blog 33.2%
Tim C. Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Blog 27.4%
Wendy Bile Duct Website 17.7%
Wendy Bile Duct Facebook 17.7%
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