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What your patient is thinking – this book spills the beans, plus it has discussion sections and research links to better/evidence-based practice: Nothing Personal, disturbing undercurrents in cancer care. Radcliffe Publishing (Taylor & Francis – Routledge); CPD certified. (Winner, Medical … Continue reading

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Breast cancer: old news re reduced need for chemotherapy

‘Good News for Women with Breast Cancer: many don’t need chemotherapy’ writes Denise Grady in the New York Times, 3 June 2018 reporting on a major international study. The gene test, called Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay, is the focus … Continue reading

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Breast screening, cervical screening: simple explanations should help citizens and doctors

Cancer screenings and overdiagnosis: pick the outcome that matters. Excellent article for those who want to understand the real issues around breast screening. The super clear graphic from the Harding Centre for Risk Literacy shows outcomes for numbers of women … Continue reading

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Breast screening trial: information and consent

‘Misleading’ invitations left patients feeing manipulated’ (Ben Rumsby and Deborah Cohen, The Sunday Telegraph, p 10, 27 May 2018). How many women who accepted an invitation to breast screening when aged over 70 or under 50 were personally affected by … Continue reading

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Breast screening – an enviable review

Writing in JAMA Internal Medicine (Reform of the National Screening Mammography Program in France, February 2018 Volume 178, Number 2) Alexandra Barratt, Karsten Juhl Jorgensen and Philippe Autier discuss reform of the National Screening mammography Programme in France. (Published Online: … Continue reading

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Breast screening/psa: harms or benefits

Article from 9 October 2011, but relevant today re breast screening, the AgeX trial and the computer ‘glitch’: ‘Do I have cancer?’ an article in the New York Times by Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer. – ‘…Mohler says, ”P.S.A., when … Continue reading

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Breast screening glitch – the facts

The computer glitch that resulted in women not being offered breast screening means they are more likely to have avoided unnecessary treatment than to have had their lives put at risk. The breast screening review by Sir Michael Marmot concluded … Continue reading

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