“Dying of cancer is the “best death” and we should “stop wasting billions trying to cure” it, a leading doctor has said.

Dr Richard Smith, a former editor of the British Medical Journal, said that cancer allowed people to say goodbye and prepare for death and was therefore preferable to sudden death, death from organ failure or “the long, slow death from dementia”.”

Addendum: Are large clinical trials (phase 3) of experimental cancer therapies sufficiently disclosed? No

  7 comments for “Cancer

  1. February 6, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Would Dr. Smith welcome this disease on his little child? Shouldn’t he be rooting for more rigorous research for a cure? I don’t understand him.

    • February 6, 2015 at 2:58 am

      Sorry, but I can’t speak for Dr. Smith.

      You can leave a comment in the original post (BMJ Blogs).

      Kind regards.


  2. February 6, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Reblogged this on theperfectprescription2014 and commented:
    This is what happens when people begin to think they are demi gods, and we allow them.

    • February 6, 2015 at 3:50 am

      – My opinion: Dr. Smith argument is cogent and well-argued.

      – It’s unfair to suggest that Dr. Smith considers himself as a ‘demi god’ (ad hominem attack).

      – A personal viewpoint expressed without defamatory claims against other persons or groups should be respected.

      – The evidence of unpublished cancer trials support his argument.

      – Evidence of harms over benefits associated with the excessive use of screening methods for different types of cancer also supports Dr. Smith’s viewpoints.

      – I know how devastating can be the side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer interventions – not only as a doctor – (family and close friends).

  3. February 8, 2015 at 1:49 am

    So what is the alternative? Giving up on research for better treatment for this terrible disease? What would have happened if people had given up looking for a cure for polio, leprosy etc.. in the name of saving money? Yes, and I know people suffering from this disease and I desperately hope someone does not give up; that they continue looking for the cure until it is found.

    • February 8, 2015 at 10:16 am

      It’s not about “saving money”

      Cancer drugs are already very expensive for many health-care systems, even in nations of middle and high income economies.

      I have concerns regarding the effectiveness and safety of many expensive cancer drugs (blockbuster category) because evidence of clinical trials has been:

      1) cherry-picked

      2) Patient level raw-data is not available for independent scrutiny.

      Nonetheless, it depends on the type of cancer, it cannot be generalized or compared with different diseases of infectious etiology (polio and leprosy) for which treatments are already available and highly effective.

      About your comment: appeals to lack of alternatives / emotions / begging the question / comparing cancer with different diseases (infectious etiology): polio and leprosy) — please check:

      Dr. Smith published another article addressing many questions:

      Here is my comment:

  4. February 8, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I appreciate your feedback. I am also concerned about the efficacy and safety of these cancer drugs and I am hoping someone will one day discover an efficacious drug for treatment of this disease. People are hurting and desperate. Whether it is appropriate to compare polio and leprosy to cancer or not is not really my concern right now. All I was trying to say is that these diseases have been eradicated in most societies because some medical professionals conducted research and found efficacious cures for these diseases. That’s my point, not the appropriateness or medical technicalities associated with disease comparison; their virulence, infectivity and so on. We need to continue doing the same for cancer-that’s my point. Anyway, as you indicated, I will write to Dr. Smith myself. I appreciate where you are coming from. I also hope you do the same for me.
    Have a great day.

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