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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...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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