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As founding editor of Cancer World, Kathy Redmond set out to open up debate on the future of cancer care in Europe. She started a conversation that a full range of professionals and patient advocates have joined. We are still talking.
In this editorial, Alberto Costa, who has taken over from Kathy Redmond, pays tribute to her achievements, reaffirms the magazineÂ’s founding principles, and flags up changes to style and content that will expand the reach of Cancer World and make it easier for readers to join the discussions.
The moment medical students discover a profound appreciation for humanity
A great short piece by medical student Armaan Rowther flagging up the role of anatomy labs in shaping medicsÂ’ attitudes towards their future patients. "Is the language of medicine that is learned in anatomy lab limited to anatomical vocabulary or does it extend to our less technical conversations about patients, and even the extent to which our words respect and humanise the people in our care?" he asks
Rerouted, not derailed: resuming a young life after cancer
Paediatric oncologists are highly focused on how to minimise and manage the life-long damage their treatments inflict on young patientsÂ’ health. But for young survivors, the most immediate challenge is how to get an interrupted life back on track.
Are progression-free and disease-free survival the new gold standard for cancer trials?
Showing that a new drug can keep advanced cancers from progressing, or stop early cancers from returning, is quicker, cheaper and easier than showing that it helps patients live longer. But how can we judge in which instances these surrogates will accurately predict overall survival?