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Study: Overtesting in late-stage cancer patients
San Francisco Chronicle

If you knew you had one year to live, would you have medical tests you didn’t need?

Turns out a surprising number of patients with late-stage cancer get useless screening tests for new cancers that couldn’t possibly kill them.

A new study of Medicare patients with cancers so advanced they had limited life expectancies and little hope of cure reveals “a culture of screening on autopilot,” said lead author Dr. Camelia Sima of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.