Aggressive Care for Dying Cancer Patients Futile, Study Finds
"We as physicians often make assumptions about what patients and families want for their lives. We tend to be really uncomfortable about sharing news that a cure is unlikely."
He's aware that "Some physicians will describe this as taking away hope. That's language that I think has caused a lot of harm in cancer care. What patients really want is for physicians to be honest with them about their chances for cancer remission, but also honest about their chances for disease progression."
The report revealed huge variation in utilization of aggressive types of care in the last month of life for patients dying of certain types of cancers known for their poor long-term survival, such as leukemia and lymphoma, and cancers of the colon and pancreas and lung.
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