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Let’s have honest conversations about cancer

Rather than focusing on the ‘magic bullets’ of new drugs, we should be talking to people with cancer about how to handle their condition
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Rather than focusing on the ‘magic bullets’ of new drugs, we should be talking to people with cancer about how to handle their condition

I last wrote a column for this journal more than five years ago. Then I became a medical director and found I didn’t have the time. Having now stepped down from that role, I can reflect on how things have changed in the intervening period.

Generally, things are worse. However, it might be argued that there has been at least one positive change in oncology with the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) enabling speedier access to anti-cancer drugs, particularly new immunotherapy agents which have exploded onto the scene recently.

However, I believe the CDF is still all about expediting the use of drugs which are either unproven or too expensive to be made available routinely. This fast-tracking must

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