07/23/2010 // US // Get Cancer Answers // News Desk

US – Some doctors have expressed frustration with a lack of detail found on clinical research studies on cancer published in medical journals. As reported by HealthDay News, University of Florida in Gainesville researchers who analyzed over 250 articles published in five major medical journals between 2005 and 2008 found only 11 percent provided information required for use by doctors for the prescription and monitoring of new therapies for cancers.

Dr. Thomas George Jr., a member of the UF Shands Cancer Center and director of UF’s gastrointestinal oncology program in the college of medicine, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings in a university news release, “This study came out of our clinical frustration… We were trying to teach our students and fellows how to care for patients with cancer and prescribe therapeutics safely. We had a really hard time finding the information we needed to provide care for these patients in the original scientific articles.”

George is further quoted as stating, “I think the scientific community — the publishers, the editors and even the investigators who conduct the studies — have been appropriately focused on justifying the scientific methods and merits of the study. We’re just taking it to the next logical step, which is, how do we apply these results to the masses of patients who need to benefit from scientific progress?”

More information about the study may be available in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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