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Letters Calling time on the “end of treatment” bell

“End of treatment” bell: rejoice with those who rejoice

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 16 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4676
  1. Ene C Horan, consultant anaesthetist and intensivist
  1. Western Health and Social Care Trust, Altnagelvin Area Hospital, Londonderry BT47 6SB, UK
  1. enehoran{at}

Having undergone many gruelling months of cancer treatment, I can sympathise with the difficulties that Taylor describes.1 But in my experience—and that of many other patients I encountered (children and adults alike)—ringing the “end of treatment bell” was a symbolic acknowledgment that …

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