Category Archives: cancer

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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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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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 screening, health checks and psychological tactics for GPs to encourage attendance, despite ineffectiveness and harms!

https://www.healthwatch-uk.org/images/Newsletters/Number_104.pdf If you enjoy the series ‘Yes, Minister’ you will probably love Issue 104, 2016-17 of the HealthWatch charity’s Newsletter, especially pages 6-8. Breast screening, health checks, nsaids, …what doesn’t work? In his acceptance speech, HealthWatch Award Winner Peter Gotzsche … Continue reading

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Breast cancer, tumour size, screening effectiveness – NEJM

October is with us again. Unfortunately, it has been painted pink. This month cancer charities and others gear up to urge women to attend breast screening as the best means of avoiding death from this disease. Sadly, these well-meaning messages … Continue reading

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Screening – most media articles skewed in favour

This study investigated whether coverage of cancer screening by national newspapers gives a balanced account of the possible benefits and harms of screening. The interesting results are produced in attractive graphic (pictorial/comic strip) form. ( With regard to breast screening: … Continue reading

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