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More Evidence Of Fraud In Research

February 8, 1999

Federal investigators have found fraudulent data in breast cancer research sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. This is the second time in the history of the program that fraud has been detected.

  • The program is the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, which includes studies of surgical procedures and chemotherapy regimens conducted at scores of research centers around the nation.
  • The incorrect data were all falsified deliberately by one research nurse, in studies testing various types of chemotherapy in women with breast cancer.
  • Officials of the National Cancer Institute insist that the false information -- which involved three cases -- would not affect the outcome of the study.
  • According to a notice in the Federal Register, the data were faked by Thomas Philpot, a nurse who held the position of data manager for the national project.

Source: Denise Grady, "Fraudulent Data Is Again Uncovered in Breast Cancer Study," New York Times, February 6, 1999.


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