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Published on October 22nd, 2018

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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 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 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  

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*
Betsy Colon, Stage 4 Website 13.8%
Bill K. Lung, Stage 4 Website 4.7%
David S. Esophageal Website 19.2%
Joe S. Lung, Stage 4 Website 4.7%
Karen S. Brain Website 33.2%
Kelly H. Brain Website 33.2%
Lori K. Breast, Stage 4 Website 27.0%
Robert B. Lung Website 18.6%
Troy Brain, Stage 4 Website 32.7%

 

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