Improving the quality of life—palliative care—for people with cancer can also increase survival, according a new pilot study. These findings will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's 2013 Quality Care Symposium. Palliative care addresses uncontrolled symptoms, helps guide decision-making, and coordinates treatment. This service is underused and the researchers found that routinely offering it to people makes them twice as likely to take advantage of it (82% vs 41%). With palliative care, hospital readmissions dropped from 36% to 17% and hospice use rose from 14% to 25%. Best of all, people who got palliative care lived longer, with the ratio of expected to actual deaths dropping from 1.35 to 0.59.