Altman, Lawrence K. "Panel Is Told of Failure to Correct Problems in Cancer Studies," New

 

Altman, Lawrence K. "Panel Is Told of Failure to Correct Problems in Cancer Studies," New
York Times, 16 June 1994, p. A20.

A "Congressional hearing," of John Dingell's House committee has been told of "lavish parties"
for the surgeons who participated in the NSABP. An amount equal to the total spent on audits
was spent on these parties.

Additional falsified data in the NSABP study has turned up. Federal investigators report here that
additional flawed reports were found at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, L.I.,
Rush-Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, St. Joseph's Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., and at the U of
Pittsburgh itself.

Officials at Pitt are reported to be willing to accept the blame, as is Fisher himself, for the flaws.

Officials are still unable to come up with a precise figure of how many flawed reports are
contained in the overall data of the study but additional "errors" keep turning up.

Government officials insist that the errors discovered are not "trivial" but the basic conclusions
of the study continue to hold.

One gets the feeling that the inquisitors in Congress are going to bleed this one dry.