We need more rationality around cancerBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d769 (Published 09 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d769
- Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
“I can’t see why I’ve waited so long,” she said. “I’m a cancer patient.”
She had been seen sooner than most. I flicked through the notes to try to get a handle on what was going on. I quickly scanned the last letter from the oncologist, finding it in among a pile of paperwork relating to swabs for meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, property receipts, and other rather unhelpful documents.
“But you’ve been cured,” I said. “That’s what your oncologist says.” …