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End-of-life patients need big picture

USA Today, June 11, 2008

Patients with advanced cancer often don't know how long they have to live or how chemotherapy will affect their lives, according to a study. In many cases doctors don't give patients such information, and other times patients misunderstand their doctors and perhaps hear what they want to hear, the study found. As a result, patients may ask for aggressive, painful therapies that have no hope of helping them.