Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Database
A TINA.org investigation revealed that numerous cancer centers in the U.S. are deceptively using patient testimonials in their marketing materials, that is, testimonials that promote anecdotal, atypical patient results without clearly and conspicuously disclosing what the generally expected results for a patient in a similar situation would be. Moreover, within this sampling of deceptive testimonials many also promote clinical trials (i.e., research endeavors with no guarantee of therapeutic benefit), as well as novel treatments, such as immunotherapy and/or experimental procedures, without clearly and conspicuously disclosing their limitations, risks and relative rarity.
Below is a sampling of TINA.org’s findings for Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. If any of the testimonials attribute the patient’s success to a clinical trial, the entry appears in bold italics.
This center was notified of TINA.org’s findings on October 22nd, 2018.
To learn more about the statistics and criteria used in TINA.org’s investigation, as well as other information, click here.
|Name||Cancer Type||Testimonial||SEER 5-Year Survival Rate*|
|Christine H.||Small Bowel, Stage 4||Magazine (Spring 2018)||42.1%|
|Christine H.||Small Bowel, Stage 4||Video (as seen on Youtube)||42.1%|
|David W.||Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)||Magazine (Winter 2016)||27.4%|
|David W.||Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)||Facebook (link above)||27.4%|
|Kelsey F.||Brain||Magazine (Summer 2015)(embedded video)||33.2%|
|Kelsey F.||Brain||Facebook (link above)||33.2%|
|Kevin T.||Lung, Stage 4||Facebook (link)||4.7%|
|Kriss F.||Breast, Stage 4||Magazine (Summer 2015)||27.0%|
|Kriss F.||Breast, Stage 4||Facebook (video link below)||27.0%|
|Kriss F.||Breast, Stage 4||Video (as seen on Youtube)||27.0%|
|Malaya S.||Breast, Stage 4||Magazine (Autumn 2013)||27.0%|
|Mark C.||Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)||Magazine (Autumn 2014)||27.4%|
|Rachael M.||Ovarian, Stage 4||Magazine (Autumn 2015)||29.2%|
|Spiro D.||Lung||Magazine (Autumn 2015)||18.6%|
|Spiro D.||Lung||Facebook (link above)||18.6%|
|Sukhminder L.||Brain||Magazine (Spring 2017)||33.2%|
|Virginia B.||Ovarian||Facebook (link)||47.4%|