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Palliative Care for Cancer Patients Prolongs Life, Study Finds
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Far from giving up on life, critically ill patients who were randomly assigned to receive early palliative care had less depression, and lived significantly longer than those assigned to receive standard care.

That’s the finding of a clinical trial published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that among patients with end-stage metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer, early palliative care also led to significant improvements in quality of life compared to patients who received standard care.

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