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Letters Saying no to chemotherapy

Patients with cancer say yes to palliative chemotherapy

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 23 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4647
  1. Santhanam Sundar, consultant oncologist1
  1. 1Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK
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Spence is rightfully provocative in discussing the usefulness of palliative chemotherapy, particularly when there is an unsustainable increase in the cost of cancer drugs.1

Patients with cancer quite often want treatment, …

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