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Blog posts about avoidable errors and high costs

Statistics indicating major trends

  • Percent of breast cancer patients who report being informed about fertility risks from cancer treatments – USA study 13%
  • Percent of men who expressed regretted about having cancer treatment for localised prostate cancer, 5 years after treatments 15%
  • What percent of cure, was chemotherapy found to bring to 5 year recovery rate in adult malignancies – Australian and USA study 2.5%
  • What percentage of cancer-related deaths have been attributable to diet and tobacco worldwide by a study? 65%

A brief summary

Major problems to avoid


  • Small hospitals and clinics giving chemotherapy without adequate numbers of trained staff and well established team work.
  • Paper drug charts used for the administration of dangerous drugs like chemotherapy.
  • Failure to openly discuss major treatment side effects like infertility with patients of childbearing age.
  • Refusal to discuss out of pocket costs or give up front quotes for lengthy and expensive cancer treatments.

Positive things to seek out


  • A lot of innovation and health startups are moving into providing early cancer diagnosis, less invasive treatments and more integrated and supportive follow up care.
  • Consumer groups are now raising issues about the lack of patient education around fertility and sexuality of many cancer survivors.

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