Monday, March 10, 2014

Patients Who Choose Palliative Chemotherapy Do Not Die Where They Wish

A new study published in the BMJ found that terminally ill cancer patients who chose palliative chemotherapy had a higher risk of dying in an intensive care unit than patients who did not receive the therapy. Palliative chemotherapy does not eliminate a patient’s cancer but may alleviate pain and other symptoms, reports However, many patients choose this therapy because they believe it might prolong their life. The study found these patients more often received intensive medical intervention such as mechanical ventilation or CPR at the end of life than cancer patients who did not undergo palliative chemotherapy. Read more analysis at

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