The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "chemotherapy" ...
This investigative piece looks at worker safety issues that affect "the nation's healthcare providers." Health care employees are often put in harms way by handling drugs that are meant to save the "lives of cancer patients," but can be "human carcinogens," too. This report shows that regulation on exposure to these types of drugs in the workplace is weak.
The series exposed Schneider Regional Medical Center's top executives' self-dealing and lavish pay, perks and the tragic result: The public hospital's cancer center was left so cash-strapped it could not pay for medicine and radiation equipment. The Daily News also revealed that more than $2.4 million in charity donations to the hospital's cancer center is missing, and the hospital cannot produce documentation to explain the numerous large withdrawals from bank accounts and entities that were specifically created to receive those donations. The investigation also found that two top hospital executives had criminal records, which were not disclosed when they were hired.
"Starting with casual introductions at public alternative health fairs and culminating inside clinics in Tijuana, PrimeTime followed the process through which a cancer patient can get scammed into paying tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars for useless, ineffective treatments.." Investigators found United States - based companies that operate illegal clinics in Mexico to offer alternative cancer treatments. Investigators went to the clinics, consulted experts and concluded that they made outrageous claims that could cost cancer patients their lives. The story shut down one clinic.
Tags: cancer treatment; sting operation; alternative medicine; chemotherapy; satellite clinics; quack; medicine; Mexico border; breast cancer; National Cancer Institute; Federal Trade Commission; Baja California
Uninformed Consent: What patients at "The Hutch' weren't told about the experiments in which they died.
"PATIENTS DIED PREMATURELY in two failed clinical trials at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center-- experiments in which the Center and its doctors had a financial interest. The patients and their families were never told about those connections, nor were they fully and properly informed about the risks of the experiments ... The patients in these trials were ill with cancers that, left untreated, would almost certainly have killed them. But many stood a good chance of survival or at least prolonged life with traditional care. Instead, many actually died from the experiments --sooner than they would have with no treatment at all."
Tags: conflict of interest; T- cells; bone marrow transplants; clinical trial; disclosure; biotechnology; breast cancer; IRB; Institutional Review Board; chemotherapy; stem-cell transplant; Pentoxifylline; PTX; nonprofit; hospital
New Yorker magazine profiles Nicholas Gonzalez, a doctor who prescribes nutritional diets rather than chemotherapy, to fight cancer. Gonzalez did not begin his practice until he had investigated the research of William Donald Kelly, who started the nontoxic approach in the 1960's. While Gonzalez was skeptical of Kelly's therapy in the beginning, he began to see some truth in Kelly's findings and opened up his own office in 1987. 'I had no choice other than to face the fact that he had hundreds of patients with obviously terminal disease who were still alive five, ten and fifteen years later.' Now fifteen years later, critics remain questionable about Gonzalez's philosophy, stating he "lies to cancer patients, steals their money, and kills them." But as he puts out more information and encourages doctors to research his work, some doctors are agreeing that Gonzalez may be on the right tract.
Tags: doctors; cancer; patients; funding; research; American Cancer Society; Food and Drug Administration; National Institute of Health; National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; American Medical Association; Food-Drug and Cosmetic Act; Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act
This report examines "speculation among breast cancer activists that release of results of autologous bone marrow transplant therapy were being delayed unnecessarily."
San Francisco Daily Journal series details the growing litigation over a new and controversial treatment to fight breast and other cancers: high-dose chemotherapy with autologous bone marrow transplants; insurers have labeled the treatment experimental, and are refusing to cover it under most policies; desperate patients are going to court to force insurers to pay for the treatment and, more often than not, they are winning, Dec. 21 - 22, 1992.