Letters Cancer drugs, survival, and ethics

Commitment to talking not just treating

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6471 (Published 05 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6471
  1. Pamela Levack, medical director,
  2. Gordon Paterson, director
  1. PATCH, Carnoustie DD7 6B, UK
  1. plevack{at}btinternet.com

Wise’s article on the survival benefits of chemotherapy is timely1 and echoes other recent publications on how to treat metastatic cancer.2 As he says, patients rarely question their specialist about a proposed course of chemotherapy if it is presented as the best hope or only treatment option. Patients can only make informed decisions …

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