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There’s an old joke in the healthcare profession that makes fun of a tendency among cancer specialists to pursue “treatment at all costs”: “Why do they put nails in coffins? To stop oncologists having one last try…”

If his latest book is anything to go by, Karol Sikora, an outspoken oncologist, is unlikely to lay the cliché to rest. Entitled How to Beat Cancer, and self-published in e-book form, it contains useful and practical advice about how to maximise the often labyrinthine and not always equitable NHS system, and plenty of expert (if sometimes indigestibly…

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