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J Clin Oncol. 2008 Aug 10;26(23):3860-6. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2007.15.8253.

Aggressiveness of cancer care near the end of life: is it a quality-of-care issue?

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Division of Population Sciences, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA. craig.earle@ices.on.ca

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  • J Clin Oncol. 2011 Nov 20;29(33):4472.
  • J Clin Oncol. 2010 Jul 1;28(19):3205.

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to review the literature and update analyses pertaining to the aggressiveness of cancer care near the end of life. Specifically, we will discuss trends and factors responsible for chemotherapy overuse very near death and underutilization of hospice services. Whether the concept of overly aggressive treatment represents a quality-of-care issue that is acceptable to all involved stakeholders is an open question.

PMID:
18688053
PMCID:
PMC2654813
DOI:
10.1200/JCO.2007.15.8253
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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