Latest life-extending cancer drugs "rationed by postcode": Recommended treatments are handed out in some hospitals but not others

Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens of hospitals refuse to hand out treamentsDozens of trusts failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancerSome of the drugs boost survival rates by a quarter and others extend lives By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:50 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:05 GMT, 11 January 2013 Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals.

Couple with boy, 6, and girl, 4, have BOTH been diagnosed with a terminal illness

‘Who will look after our children’ Mother and father contemplate leaving their son and daughter orphans after BOTH are diagnosed with a terminal illnessPaul and Clare Coulston have been making guardianship arrangementsShe was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and he with Motor Neurone DiseaseMrs Coulston has been a 30 per cent chance of survival and her husband has been told he has between three and five years to live

Terminally ill children subjected to needless suffering and futile treatment by parents hoping for divine intervention, study claims

Terminally ill children subjected to needless suffering and futile treatment by parents hoping for divine intervention, study claimsReport studied 203 cases which involved 'end-of-life' decisionsIn 11, parents expressed refused to stop intensive care because of their religious beliefsThey expected a complete cure even after doctors said there was no hope of survival | UPDATED: 07:29 GMT, 14 August 2012 Needless suffering: Terminally ill children are being subjected to futile treatments by parents who hope for a 'miraculous intervention' prompted by their strong religious beliefs, a study suggests (file picture posed by model) Terminally ill children are being subjected to needless suffering by parents who hold out hope for a 'miraculous intervention' because of their deeply held religious beliefs, a new study suggests.

Terminally ill patients who fear being placed on "routine" death pathway issued with opt-out cards by charity

Terminally ill patients who fear being placed on 'routine' death pathway issued with opt-out cards by charity Anti-euthanasia charity distributes cards to patients telling doctors not to place them on controversial 'care pathway' | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 24 July 2012 Terminally ill patients have been issued with special cards telling doctors not to place them on a 'care pathway' that would hasten the end of their lives.

Dying people at risk in nursing shortage crisis

Dying people at risk in nursing shortage crisis as 500 posts remain empty500 more specialist nurses are needed Vacancy rate almost double that of five years ago Annual death toll predicted to hit 586,000 by 2030 A nursing crisis threatens the care of people who are dying, warns a leading health charity. The number of specialist palliative care nurses has fallen by almost seven per cent despite new NHS guidelines pledging 24/7 services for terminally ill patients. At least 500 more specialist nurses are needed as the number of people dying each year is predicted to hit 586,000 by 2030