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March 22, 2010

Covering Cancer: Comment on “Cancer and the Media”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Mr Goozner is a freelance researcher and writer based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(6):518-520. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.7

On April 13, 2008, 60 Minutes aired a segment touting a new radio wave machine that “may be one of the most promising breakthroughs in cancer research in years.” The device had “cooked cancer to death” in mice, with “no side effects.” Although human trials were at least 4 years away, Dr Steven Curley of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, told correspondent Lesley Stahl that “in 20 years of research, this is the most exciting thing I’ve encountered.”1

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