Don’t give out cancer drugs if it’s just to extend life: Treatment costs can’t be justified, say experts

Source: Daily Mail

  • The NHS spends well over £5billion annually on cancer treatments
  • Around 310,000 Britons a year are diagnosed with cancer

Patients with terminal cancer should not be given life-extending drugs, doctors said yesterday.

The treatments give false hope and are too costly for the public purse, they warned.

The group of 37 cancer experts, including British specialist Karol Sikora, claimed a ‘culture of excess’ had led doctors to ‘overtreat, overdiagnose and overpromise’.

Campaigners dismissed the report, saying it was wrong to write off cancer victims.

‘I would hardly call this type of treatment futile,’ said Rose Woodward, of the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer.

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