• 17Nov

    Cancer decision making and patient involvement

    Following the ‘cancer drugs scandal’ last month, the BMJ have published an essay by Tessa Richards (senior editor at the BMJ) reflecting on her cancer journey, and how decision making in cancer must improve, to involve patients at every level

    The essay highlights the importance of patient preference for informing decision making, but also the challenges patients can experience in accessing information on the full range of options, and articulating their preferences.

    She argues that key to improving the quality of decision making is giving patients full access to their health records and test results.

    The full essay can be read on the BMJ website.

    The responses to the “cancer drugs scandal” must fully involve patients—an essay by Tessa Richards, BMJ 2017;359:j4956