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July 23, 1997

Radiation Therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration-Reply

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JAMA Medical News & Perspectives Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1997;278(4):288-289. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550040044026

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In Reply.  —My article was not a medical literature review. It is a news story about clinical trials of, in Dr Finger's words, a "promising experimental treatment option," that were reported at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago, Ill. I regret not giving Dr Chakravarthy the recognition her work deserves; Medical News stories rarely provide an extensive review of the literature. I cited only a few of the most recently published studies (including one for which Finger is an author).Had Chakravarthy stated what she thinks is "irresponsible reporting of data" in the news article, I might be better able to respond. As the article prominently states, the "early clinical trials" I reported on yielded "encouraging although not yet convincing results," and "randomized, controlled trials" are necessary "before this therapy can be considered effective." I strongly disagree with Chakravarthy that the claims of the researchers I