Feb 12, 2013 - 1:24 pm
It seems odd to me that one of the core principles of the Hippocratic oath (that all physicians take) is to do no harm, yet it is obvious that ALL chemo treatments eventually do harm to the recipient. I fully understand that chemo is usually much better than not taking treatment, but it's a bit odd that oncologists seem to ignore the "do no harm" principle so easily. They also don't seem reluctant at all to do a LOT of CT scans, even though it is known that the radiation is not good for you. Seems like MRIs and/or PET scans would be preferable, from a patient safety perspective. All this talk about big pharma, hospitals, insurance companies, etc... has made to start to wonder if ANYONE actually has the best interest of the patient in mind, including the doctors....
I am truly beginning to belive that the ONLY way to address this issue is to make the ENTIRE medical industry a not for profit enterprise. You will initially take some hit on innovation in drug development and maybe medical procedures, but in the long run I think the system would be waaaay better off.