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The cited article mentions a case where a military hospital in China administered a form of immunotherapy to a patient of end-stage cancer. The fact of the matter was that this immunotherapy protocol was not an approved modality of treatment. The ethicality of treatment is being questioned.
The discussion on this topic can be endless. The point which I want to bring out is that should a patient who has no treatment options left, be allowed to take experimental therapy which has not yet passed through the guidelines of clinical research? Can some treatment which is in Phase I of clinical research be offered to a person if there are no options left?
Another angle of the question is that what if a patient and his/her relatives give an informed consent for undergoing a treatment which has not been standardised? This is a question of medical ethics and guidelines versus the life of a person who has no treatment options available.