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A global look at cancer

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 21 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:a

A cynic might look at the juxtaposition of two editorials in this week's journal and think that one reason why Britain has been one of the pioneers in palliative care is because the NHS is not very good at definitive treatment. Thus while Irene Higginson looks at the evidence on what works in palliative care (p 462), Karol Sikora explores why Britain lags behind her European neighbours in cancer survival (p 461). He dismisses delays in diagnosis and points the finger instead at the quality of cancer care and its …

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