Copyright ©The Author(s) 2015.
World J Clin Oncol. Aug 10, 2015; 6(4): 73-79
Published online Aug 10, 2015. doi: 10.5306/wjco.v6.i4.73
Figure 1
Figure 1 Phases of our literature search illustrated according to the PRISMA schematic. RCTs: Randomized controlled trials.
Figure 2
Figure 2 Application of the Cochrane Collaboration’s tool for assessing risk of bias in randomised trials. The figure shows the summary of risk-of-bias assessments for the 7 randomized, controlled trials included in our analysis. Low risk of bias is represented by green circles (see Higgins et al[7] for further details).
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Figure 3 Meta-analytical values of mean survival difference estimated for 6 direct comparisons (each of the 6 active treatments vs best supportive care) and for 15 head-to-head indirect comparisons between the active treatments. Each horizontal bar indicates the two-sided 95%CrI for the mean survival difference (solid square). BSC: Best supportive care.
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Figure 4 Histogram of rankings generated by the Bayesian network meta-analysis. The graphs reflect a total of 20000 iterations and consist of as many histograms as the treatments (N = 6 plus best supportive care) included in the analysis. In each panel, the histogram shows the percent distribution of the simulations across ranks 1 (most effective treatment) through 7 (least effective treatment); the y-axis shows probability on a 0 to 1 scale. BSC: Best supportive care.