Does Early Integration of Palliative Care and Cancer Treatment Benefit Patients?

June 5, 2014 10:06 PM

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Does Early Integration of Palliative Care and Cancer Treatment Benefit Patients?

CHICAGO, IL—Immediately integrating cancer treatment and palliative care might improve survival at 1 year in patients with advanced cancers, suggest findings from the ENABLE III randomized controlled trial of concurrent palliative cancer care, presented at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

Earlier integration of palliative care with cancer treatment was associated with “a significant survival advantage at 1 year”—but median survival times, quality of life, ER visits, ICU days, and symptom impacts were not statistically different, cautioned lead study author Marie Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, ...

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