Expensive chemotherapy does little to improve survival for people with advanced cancer, who often have “unrealistic expectations”, an expert has said.

Peter Wise, a former consultant physician at Charing Cross Hospital in London, said spending “six figure” sums on chemotherapy drugs is inappropriate for many people with advanced cancer who will “almost inevitably die” from their tumours.

Chemotherapy – which is one of the cornerstones of cancer treatment and can be used alongside other targeted drugs or radiotherapy – has only been shown to extend life by a few months on average, he said.

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