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Re-launch of PulMiCC trial to discover the true effect of pulmonary metastasectomy on survival in advanced colorectal cancer

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 11 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6045
  1. Tom Treasure, professor of cardiothoracic surgery1,
  2. Christopher Russell, chair of the trial steering committee of PulMiCC (Pulmonary Metastasectomy in Colorectal Cancer)2,
  3. Fergus Macbeth, associate director3
  1. 1Clinical Operational Research Unit, University College London, London WC1H 0BT, UK
  2. 2Surgical and Interventional Trials Unit (SITU), University College London
  3. 3Wales Cancer Trials Unit, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  1. tom.treasure{at}

We share de Vries and colleagues’ concerns about bias in outcome reporting.1 In the context of antidepressant trials and Study 329, De Vries and colleagues note “negative trials were reported as positive, often because of outcome reporting bias.” Changing the reported outcome is a slippery slope, not confined to pharma, which leads to misleading …

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