Derek Raghavan
Derek Raghavan

President, Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System

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ClinicalFreeTrials & Tribulations
(with apologies to Molière, aka Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)As I read the latest offering from the US Preventive Services Task Force, this time another encyclical on prostate screening, I felt a recurrence of the extreme irritation left over from the last time they wasted my (and their) time. Borrowing from Molière's “The Imaginary Invalid”, I conceived an Imaginary Interview with an un-named representative of this band of bozo's that seem to have few boundaries, a high level of comfort in wasting taxpayer dollars and editorial space, and who seem set on providing useless homilies that, at best, provide no value. This is couched as a Paul Goldberg-style low-key interview… and so the play begins:
ClinicalFreeTrials & Tribulations
Despite the many advances in oncology, important problems continue to beset the field, including rapidly rising costs, uneven patterns of care, and poor access to (and participation in) cancer trials. A model that has been recently developed and tested to address these issues is the so-called academic hybrid community cancer center.