In the section "Specific applications" there's this sentence:
"In the case of metastatic breast cancer, a Cochrane Review published in 2008 maintained that the current body of evidence is not sufficient to rule out the possibility that psychological interventions may cause harm to women with this advanced neoplasm."
I find this sentence extremely complicated. What does it even mean? Does it mean that CBT is good for breast cancer victims or that it's not? A case study has shown that the current body of knowledge is not sufficient to rule out something? To me, that sentence has too many negatives in it. It may be that I'm not a native English speaker but I've read the sentence five times and I still don't understand if the study indicated that CBT helps breast cancer patients or is dangerous. Also, what is meant by psychological interventions? Is CBT a psychological intervention, or is it more like traumas, to which CBT is supposed to help? If it means that psychological treatment in general hurts people with breast cancer, what has that got to do with CBT? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 21:23, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
- I agree, the sentence could be worded better. As I understand it, there is a possibility that CBT can actually harm (rather than help) women with advanced breast cancer; more work is needed to be certain. This is an important point, as the beneficial effects of a treatment tend to be overstated - for more information, see publication bias. Norman21 (talk) 16:53, 21 February 2013 (UTC)