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Medical ethics in oncology 

Medical ethics in oncology
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Medical ethics in oncology
Author(s):

Eric A. Singer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656103.003.0025

March 29, 2019: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 21 August 2019

This chapter reviews several fundamental dilemmas in oncology practice. It describes the foundational codes of research ethics that have shaped our current clinical trials system and the moral reasoning used to justify the use of human subjects in early-phase oncology research, placebo-controlled trials, and mandatory research biopsies. The second part of this chapter examines two contemporary problems: oncology drug shortages and the cost of cancer care. The chapter concludes with a section describing additional ethics resources and emphasizes the importance of early ethics consultation to avoid situations that could potentially place patients or research subjects at increased risk of harm.

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