Author Archives: bmitzi

About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.

The ‘cancer drugs scandal’: decision-making and the need to involve patients at every level

When will there be the level of user involvement in healthcare necessary to ensure patients get the information they need to make the decisions they want? ‘Nothing about us without us’: patients need the opportunity to be included in multidisciplinary … Continue reading

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New cancer drugs, survival, and quality of life –

A retrospective cohort study in the bmj to determine the availability of data on overall survival and quality of life benefits of cancer drugs approved in Europe concluded that ‘…most drugs entered the market without evidence of benefit on survival … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – short video explains reality

TIME FOR HONESTY – This short video presents the true picture of breast screening programmes in a very easy to understand format. How shocking that this harmful ‘industry’ is allowed to continue (NHS BSP) and the age limit extended at … Continue reading

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Diagnostic shades of grey

How many patients (and doctors) are unaware of the range of variability in diagnoses that can derive from the same pathology sample? How much accepted ‘certainty’ is, in fact, ‘uncertain’? Read on, and you may never want to accept a … Continue reading

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GP Payments

In my rapid response to this BMJ article I should have mentioned GP payments that were given for not referring patients. Does anyone else have the sense that there are also cut-off points for referral, diagnostic investigations or treatments at … Continue reading

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Are wealthier people at extra risk of harm?

In this New England Journal of Medicine paper, Welch and colleagues discuss whether wealthier people receive too much care – ie more than is good for them. “Excessive testing of low-risk people produces real harm, leading to treatments that have … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – DCIS and the COMET trial

Women diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) are usually offered lumpectomy or mastectomy as standard treatment, although DCIS is not usually recognised as an actual cancer, but rather cell changes which may or may not become cancerous in the … Continue reading

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