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Palliative Chemotherapy: Harms and Benefits Weighed in New Study

"Palliative chemotherapy is treatment designed for terminal cancer patients to prolong survival and ease symptoms but not cure disease. Now, researchers have found that the therapy comes with certain harms, which they say need to be addressed...


"Overall, the team found that terminal cancer patients who receive chemotherapy during the last months of their lives are less likely to die where they wish and are more likely to undergo invasive medical procedures - including CPR and mechanical ventilation - than patients who did not receive the therapy."

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Most Cancer Physicians Would Choose Hospice for Themselves

Most Cancer Physicians Would Choose Hospice for Themselves | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

In a survey of almost 4,500 physicians who treat cancer patients, the majority said that they would enroll in hospice if they themselves had terminal cancer. This was especially true for women, primary care physicians, those with more patients in managed care, and those treating more terminally ill patients. Physicians who expressed a higher preference for hospice for themselves were also more likely to discuss hospice care with their patients early on in treatment, suggesting that personal preferences regarding hospice can influence patient care. The survey’s authors therefore suggest that physicians with negative views of hospice for themselves should consider further educating themselves about how hospice may benefit their patients.

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, January 10, 2014 11:36 AM

If evidence suggests physicians' personal views may impact or influence patient care and what options and choices are offered, how can patients be sure they are being informed without bias?  Through better communication skills, self-advocacy, and giving themselves permission to ask questions about the physicians' personal beliefs. More evidence that patients must take the lead in being educated and ensuring they are clear how personal opinion may or may not be influencing information they are or are not receiving.