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A lot of people have spent a very long time wondering what causes cancer – and scientists still can’t say for certain why an individual person might have it. Marina del Castell/Flickr

Curious Kids: Why do people get cancer?

I have worked on this problem for many years, and to be honest it still blows my mind to really think about just how complex it is.
Most doctors and nurses agree exercise is beneficial but don’t routinely prescribe exercise as part of their patients’ cancer treatment plan. Photo credit: Exercise Oncology Team at Australian Catholic University

Every cancer patient should be prescribed exercise medicine

Historically the advice to cancer patients was to rest and avoid activity. We now know this advice may be harmful to patients, and that every person with cancer would benefit from exercise medicine.
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.
Older woman in hospital with man by her side. Via Shutterstock. From www.shutterstock.comr

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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