Author | Paul R. Helft, MD

Articles

In Search of Value in Cancer Care: What Resources Are Available to Practicing Oncologists?

October 15, 2015

One of the more difficult topics to discuss concerning the ethics of healthcare is distributive justice-the fair distribution of benefits, risks, and costs.

Should I Continue an Experimental Drug?

October 15, 2014

Should I give a patient with a carcinoma of unknown primary another dose of a study drug, since she is requesting to continue it? My reading of the trial protocol suggests no absolute restriction on giving another dose of the drug.

Waiting for a Miracle

September 15, 2014

I was recently consulted concerning a patient in the ICU at my hospital with advanced breast cancer, but I soon realized there were much larger issues at stake. This woman is in her 50s and was diagnosed approximately 1 year ago with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer.