ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPBy speculating on anti-cancer study, media outlets are doing a disservice(China Daily) Updated:2016-09-27 07:25Comments Print Mail Large Medium Small[Photo/Xinhua]Two medical scientists from East Chinas Zhejiang province recently wrote an essay on online medical journal eLife, saying cTACE treatment for liver cancer can be improved by combining it with bicarbonate, as well as cutting off blood supply to the tumor. They call their new method TILA-TACE. But some media outlets have speculated that Chinese scientists can cure cancer at very low costs. This is bad journalism, says Beijing News:The work of the two Chinese scientists and their colleagues is a breakthrough in the treatment of liver cancer. TILA-TACE proved effective for all 40 patients in the clinical trial, while cTACE was effective for 18 of the 37 patients.
TILA-TACE not only strengthened medicines and cut off blood supply to the tumor with arterial cannula, but also introduced bicarbonate to better treat patients.
Its the use of bicarbonate in the treatment that prompted media outlets to speculate. One of the headlines read: “Chinese scientists use baking soda to let cancer cells starve”. The headline attracted eyeballs, but it is scientifically wrong, because baking soda is only one of the drugs used in the treatment and played a minor, not the major, role.Lactic acid helps cancerous cells to get glucose, their main source of energy.
The role bicarbonate plays in treating cancer is to react with the hydrion of lactic acid and thus change the entire process. This, together with cutting off blood supply to the tumor, could kill cancerous cells.
Such research works should be encouraged, because they give cancer patients hope. But exaggerating them can curb the efforts of scientists and harm their credibility.
More importantly, “letting cancer cells starve” is only one of the methods used in anti-cancer research. The other important method is to activate peoples immune system to prevent cancer from developing, instead of fighting it after it develops.
By exaggerating scientists achievements, media outlets will end up misguiding decision-makers and thus curb the flow of funds for further, more intensive research. So media outlets should never speculate.0Related StoriesMedical advice that has readers in stitchesAfter Clintons health scare, more Americans say presidents should release medical infoNadal, Farah defend medical recordsUnder 3 percent of US athletes in Rio had medical exemptionsMost Viewed Todays Top NewsBy speculating on anti-cancer study, media outlets are doing a disserviceToward extradition of fugitivesInitiative helping nations in development pacesThe first authoritative report on “Belt and Road” three-year progress releasedA zoo in a mall is not a good ideaForum TrendsCan China regain its status as the bicycle kingdom?Graffiti – street art or crime?Are you willing to give salary to your wife?Is teaching a poorly-paid profession?Will e-books replace paper books?Is acting an overpaid job?Is Chinas early education craze happening?ColumnistsThe writing on the Great Wall is griefChina, Japan need to shelve disputes and live with each otherFeatured ContributorsChina is taking a leading role in solving the refugee crisisInvestor distrust leads to stock market slump over new listing ruleStar BloggersWhat we can learn about sustainable inclusion from Colombian coffee By Marcos Fava NevesColombian coffee has a story that I admire and use in my lectures and the reasons are the ones listed above. Congratulations!No students for class By Michael MurphyOne thing that foreigners are not used to in China is how quickly and dramatically a schedule can change.The killing of a Chinese man in Paris By ChevalerieDuring my last visit to Paris, the killing of a Chinese man moved me a lot. Chaolin Zhang was a dressmaker, a man like many others, hard-working, good father and happy to live on Earth. In honor of his memory, this is the context surrounding his death.SpecialAcorss Loulan: an internet cultural journey into amazing Xinjiang2016 retrace the Long March route in GuizhouFive guidelines for foreigners seeking job…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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