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HealthWe have all heard the stories of the emergency room claim that cost $10,000 for a broken thumb, or the person who had to file bankruptcy from the huge bill while using a network outside of their HMO. While it is true to say that health care is the prevention, treatment and management of illness, and the preservation of mental and physical well-being, through the services offered by the medical, nursing and allied health professions, health-related behaviour is influenced by our own values, which are determined by upbringing, by example, by experience, by the company one keeps, by the persuasive power of advertising (often a force of behaviour that can harm health), and by effective health education.

That’s ultimately the best way to treat older cancer patients, says Armin Shahrokni , a geriatrician and medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. When Lorraine Griggs’ 86-year-old father …

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