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  • Nine factors explain some of the variance in the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer in end-of-life care, according to a study led by Dr. Holly Prigerson and associates at Dana-Farber and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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  • Boston-based Conversation Project launched a national effort encouraging families to have discussions with family members who are near the end of life. A 2009 Dana-Farber study found that patients who had end-of-life discussions were more likely to die peacefully at home. (Full article requires a subscription)

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  • A study by researchers at Dana-Farber shows many patients with advanced cancers put false hope in chemotherapy. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found 69 percent of patients with lung cancer and 81 percent of those with colorectal cancer did not report understanding chemotherapy was not likely to cure their cancer.

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  • A study led by Dr. Jane Weeks suggests that many patients with advanced lung and colorectal cancer harbor the fundamental misperception that treatments that can extend life and alleviate pain might also cure them. Dr. Deborah Schrag, co-author of the study, said the researchers were also interested in examining whether where doctors worked might affect the way the message was communicated.

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  • Boston Globe reporter Beth Healy wrote about her partner, Kris Kono, who was a patient of Dr. Alexi Wright, and the experience of having a loved one diagnosed with cancer of unknown primary.

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  • Lung cancer patients and their families often hope for more from treatment aimed at making them more comfortable, and oncologists may be failing to communicate to patients the limits of measures being offered, according to a study from Dr. Jane Weeks and Dr. Deborah Schrag.

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  • A study led by Dr. Jane Weeks found that many patients with advanced lung or colon cancer misunderstood the purpose of their chemotherapy treatment. Dr. Weeks said that for these patients to make an informed treatment choice, they need to know that chemotherapy is not curative in most cases.

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  • Terminally ill cancer patients who have an early conversation about their care preferences with their physician are less likely to receive aggressive end-of-life treatment, according to a study led by Dr. Jennifer Mack.

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  • A study by Jennifer Mack published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that while most patients with advanced cancer have had end-of-life discussions, they tend to occur during acute hospital care and focus on advance directives rather than advance care planning.

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  • In a recent national study led by Dr. Jane Weeks, 69 percent of those with stage 4 lung cancer and 81 percent of those with stage 4 colon cancer failed to understand that chemotherapy was not at all likely to cure their cancer.

Tags: chemotherapy, EndOfLife

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