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2012-11-14 11:19:52

Terminally ill cancer patients who have an early talk with their physician about care at the end-of-life are less likely to receive aggressive therapy — and more likely to enter hospice care — than patients who delay such discussions until the days and weeks before death, a new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers suggests. Having a conversation about end-of-life care several months before their condition begins to deteriorate may enable patients to think through...

2012-02-09 15:04:19

The vast majority of patients with incurable lung or colorectal cancer talk with a physician about their options for care at the end of life, but often not until late in the course of their illness, according to a new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators published in the Feb. 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers found that such belated conversations tend to occur under particularly stressful conditions — when patients have been admitted to a...