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Letters Cancer drugs, survival, and ethics

Commitment to talking not just treating

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (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}

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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