Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Let's Be Like Europe: And hide the truth from patients about treatments that could save their lives

As they apparently do in England:

A cancer charity has today published research that shows doctors are keeping cancer patients in the dark about new treatments that could extend their lives.

Myeloma UK, which conducted the research, said a quarter of myeloma specialists questioned in a survey admitted hiding the facts about treatments that may be difficult to obtain on the NHS.

The main reason given was to avoid distressing or confusing patients.

Myeloma is a bone marrow cancer that affects around 3,800 people each year in the UK. Of these, 2,600 are likely to die from the disease.

Yeah, the wonders of state-run health care.

[h/t Coyote Blog]

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