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Chemo May Worsen Quality of Life for End-Stage Cancer Patients

Posted 23 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 – Chemotherapy may worsen quality of life for some cancer patients who are nearing death, a new study finds. "Oncologists may presume there to be no harm in giving dying patients chemotherapy, but these data point to more harm than benefit," study author Dr. Holly Prigerson, from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, said in a college news release. The research included more than 300 patients with advanced cancer who had about four months to live. Their average age was about 59. About half of the patients were receiving what's known as palliative chemotherapy when the study began. Palliative chemotherapy is generally given to people who have fewer than six months to live, according to the researchers. The hope is that palliative chemotherapy will ease symptoms and extend survival. But that wasn't the case for those patients who started the study with ... Read more

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