Study: Cancer Patients Overestimate Value of Chemo


October 25, 2012

Associated Press - Most patients getting chemotherapy for incurable lung or colon cancers mistakenly believe that the treatment can cure them rather than just buy them some more time or ease their symptoms, a major study suggests. Researchers say doctors either are not being honest enough with patients or people are in denial that they have a terminal disease. The study highlights the problem of overtreatment at the end of life — futile care that simply prolongs dying. It's one reason that one quarter of all Medicare spending occurs in the last year of life.

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