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Aggressive Care for Dying Cancer Patients Futile, Study Finds
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Many Medicare cancer patients with poor prognoses are receiving overly aggressive and expensive inpatient procedures in the last month of life, including chemotherapy, intensive care, intubation, and feeding tubes, despite not much evidence that at that point, it will do any good. That’s the conclusion in the latest report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project, which says that quality of end-of-life cancer care and use of hospice and palliative care services in a cancer patient’s last month of life are enormously variable, depending on the hospital referral region and the specific hospital or health system where the patient sought care.