Ethics of cancer care: Beyond biology and medicine

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Published: 28 Mar 2019
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Ms Soumita Ghose - Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, India

Ms Soumita Ghose speaks about a paper which highlights issues faced in cancer care in lower-middle income countries.

Treatable cancers are on the rise due to improved early diagnosis and more innovative treatments and the preventative strategies for cancer are becoming a global concern. 

With the rapidly increasing complexity of cancer treatment, a clear definition of what constitutes ethical cancer care has become a matter of great debate.

This situation is more complex in a developing country where healthcare resources are limited. Doctors, nurses and public health professionals engaged in the prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and research of cancers are often posed with ethical dilemmas while making complex choices.

With a special focus on low and middle income countries, this paper is intended to highlight these real-world ethical concerns facing those involved in the management of cancer patients  While taking a neutral view, this paper has adopted a theme wise approach to discuss barriers in cancer care.

Read the article here.