Palliative Care: The Earlier the Better

In what is reported as the first clinical study of its kind, researchers writing in the online version of The Lancet assessed the impact of providing early palliative care versus standard oncology care in a range of advanced cancer cases.  The study reports both improved quality of life and increased patient satisfaction with care in those cases in which a palliative care team engaged with the oncology team earlier in the course of the illness. Read a news report here.

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