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Study: Doctors delay communicating end-of-life care issues with terminally ill patients

Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2010

Most doctors don't talk about end-of-life issues with their cancer patients when those patients are feeling well, a new survey has found. They also do not talk about them until treatments have been exhausted, and the delays mean patients might not be able to make truly informed choices early in their treatment. The study surveyed 4,188 physicians about how they would talk to a hypothetical cancer patient with four to six months to live.