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If A New Cancer Drug Is Hailed As A Breakthrough, Odds Are It’s Not
National Public Radio

Miracle. Game changer. Marvel. Cure. Lifesaver.

For Dr. Vinay Prasad, each one of these words was a little straw on the camel’s back. At oncology conferences, they were used “indiscriminately” to describe new cancer drugs. Journalists bandied them about in stories.

Finally, the pile of hyperbole broke the camel’s back.

The hype can bubble up false optimism in patients struggling with cancer, Prasad, an oncologist at Oregon Health and Sciences University, writes Thursday in the journal JAMA Oncology.