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Rationing certainly exists in treatment for cancer

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:717
  1. Donald W Milligan, consultant haematologist. (
  1. Department of Haematology, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham B9 5ST

    EDITOR—I sympathise with the views given in the news item by Woodman about the report by the Campaign for Effective and Rational Treatment1 and the letter by de Takats2: funding for both supportive treatment in cancer and cancer chemotherapy is inadequate in the NHS. In my own field of haematological oncology, decisions are made daily that deny either the most effective agents or those with fewest side effects solely on grounds of …

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