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Default Expanded Palliative Care for All Cancer Patients

March 1, 2012 ? "A provisional clinical opinion from the American Society of Clinical Oncology extends early palliative care to all patients with metastatic cancer, although the evidence so far shows a survival benefit only in patients with metastatic nonsmall-cell lung cancer".

"The panel notes that even though a "survival benefit from early involvement of palliative care has not yet been demonstrated in other oncology settings, substantial evidence demonstrates that palliative care, when combined with standard cancer care or as the main focus of care, leads to better patient and caregiver outcomes."

Incorporating palliative care earlier on improves patients' symptoms, quality of life, and satisfaction, and reduces the burden on caregivers, the panel notes. It also leads to more appropriate referral to and use of hospice, and decreases the use of futile intensive care".
"Palliative care is about maintaining quality of life throughout the cancer journey,"

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Now, that makes a lot of sense.
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