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Terminally ill patients continue to receive aggressive treatment at end of life

hospice," Earle said. This interpretation was based on data showing that an increasing number of patients who were seen in emergency rooms or admitted to intensive care units during the last month of life. At the same time, however, there was a drop in the number of cancer patients dying in acute-care hospitals, and that more terminal patients were using hospice facilities.

"As oncologists," said Earle, "we need to make sure that we view hospice care for what it is, an important part of the care continuum that focuses on keeping patients comfortable and free of pain."


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Contact: Bill Schaller
william_schaller@dfci.harvard.edu
617-632-5357
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
3-Jun-2006


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