Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review Article: "Thinking and Talking About Life Expectancy in Incurable Cancer"

As a follow-up to my previous post, here's a perspective from a June 2011 article in Seminars in Oncology:

"Most patients with incurable cancer want information about the impact cancer will have on their future, and many want specific estimates of the most likely, best case, and worst case scenarios for survival. With improved understanding of life expectancy, patients are better equipped to make appropriate treatment decisions and plans for the future. Although physicians acknowledge that patients with incurable cancer want prognostic information and benefit from this, most struggle to provide it and experience difficulty in making reliable estimates, communicating them, and tailoring the information to the individual patient."

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