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The modern medical system is built on a one-on-one relationship between patient and physician. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)

Common courtesy can humanize cancer care

Cancer care is often impersonal, industrial and needlessly stressful. Allowing patients to witness personal introductions between their physicians would help ease their anxiety and build trust.
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Can a dying patient be a healthy person?

Just because a person is dying does not mean that he or she is in a state of panic. Here's an example of how one woman, through a well-lived life, remained at peace as she faced death.
The PBAC must make tough decisions about which cancer drugs to subsidise. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

New cancer drugs are very expensive - here’s how we work out value for our money

Most of us would agree that cancer drugs should be listed on the PBS, no matter how dear. But our health system can't afford all of them. How then are decisions about which drugs to subsidise made?

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