Saturday, August 22, 2015

Palliative Chemo Worsens Quality of Life in Dying Patients

 "Patients with end-stage cancer often receive chemotherapy, under the assumption that it will improve their quality of life or may even extend survival. However, new data suggest quite the opposite.

The new findings come from a study involving 661 patients with progressive metastatic cancer, of whom about half (n = 312) received at least one dose of chemotherapy as a palliative treatment. The investigators found that chemotherapy did not improve quality of life and, in fact, made it worse. There was also no benefit to overall survival."

Palliative Chemo Worsens Quality of Life in Dying Patients

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