Issue 62 September - October 2014

If you want better drugs consult a PRO

Our systems for evaluating new therapies are only as good as the accuracy of the judgements we make about how far patients benefit and how far they feel the burden of side-effects and other drawbacks. In this Editorial we welcome moves on both sides of the Atlantic to include patientsÂ’ own assessments into evaluation procedures, and draw attention to opportunities to engage with these efforts.

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Issue 61 July - August 2014

To treat or not to treat: who should decide?

Shared decision making is ethically sound and the evidence shows it leads to better outcomes. But if a patient is determined that they want no part in the decision, is it paternalistic to insist?

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Issue 61 July - August 2014

Nutritional support for cancer patients

Patients who are receiving adequate nutrition have a better prognosis, respond better to chemotherapy and can tolerate higher doses of anticancer treatments. It is therefore important for oncologists to assess and manage malnutrition.

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Issue 61 July - August 2014

All the benefits of expert nursing care

When key figures in European cancer nursing gathered at the Royal Marsden to mark 30 years of EONS, they found they had a lot to celebrate – and a lot more work to do.

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Issue 61 July - August 2014

Putting precision pathology on the policy agenda

Will pathology services need a serious overhaul if they are to deliver the accuracy required for precision medicine? Two European initiatives are trying to build the case for change in this least visible of cancer disciplines.

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