Cancer Research Publications
Before researching your cancer in these journals,
eMedicine, it is important that you
understand how to evaluate research results:
- Distinguish original research reports from review articles. The
former represent a primary source of data concerning the effectiveness
of a therapy. The latter are a secondary source of
information. Although review articles can be useful in identifying the
key research studies, most of your emphasis should be focused on the
original research. (A notable exception, however, is meta-analysis
articles that combine the data from several small studies to achieve
- What is the level of evidence for the report's findings? Are the
results statistically significant? Did the study have sufficient
statistical power (i.e., did it involve enough patients to yield
meaningful results in a clinical setting)?
- Was the study designed in a manner that allows for a credible
comparison of alternatives (i.e., as a prospective double-blind randomized trial)?
- Was the patient population studied a good match for your condition
(i.e., same histology, same staging, same risk factors)?
- Are there any inherent biases in the data (e.g., selection bias,
data censorship)? Did the study adequately control for confounding factors?
- Look especially for reports of the results of phase II and phase
The following are some of the leading journals for publishing
state-of-the-art cancer research.
The following general research journals tend to publish significant
articles concerning cancer research.
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