NHS Choices examines the science behind the newspaper headlines.
Links to the headlines
Dying cancer patients should not be given ‘futile’ drugs. The Daily Telegraph, September 27 2011
Don’t give out cancer drugs if it’s just to extend life: Treatment costs can’t be justified, say experts. Daily Mail, September 27 2011
Cancer cost ‘crisis’ warning from oncologists. BBC News, September 27 2011
Links to the science
Sullivan R, Peppercorn J, Sikora K et al. Delivering affordable cancer care in high-income countries. The Lancet Oncology, Volume 12, Issue 10, Pages 933 – 980, September 2011