Cancer docs often delay referrals to hospice care | Reuters

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This Canadian study shows that far too many oncologists delay referral to palliative care, continuing on with chemo even when the cancer is incurable. Quote:

“All palliative specialists believe that palliative care should be involved early,” said Dr. Camilla Zimmermann of Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, who led the study with funding from the Canadian Cancer Society.

“Despite that and despite guidelines to refer early, many studies have shown that palliative still happens too late, in the last few months of life.”

Cancer docs often delay referrals to hospice care | Reuters.

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One thought on “Cancer docs often delay referrals to hospice care | Reuters

  1. I agree 100%. Palliative care should kick in when the “terminal” classification is made. It will ensure that the sick person has QUALITY of life. Hospice cannot and will not change the prognosis – only the quality and QUANTITY of time left.. Research clearly shows that palliative care extends life.

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