Irrational factors may drive end of life access to radiation | Reuters

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Further to earlier articles on too much chemo being prescribed for terminally-ill patients (here), a MD Anderson study on radiation use suggesting similar patterns. Quote:

Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, said that while radiation therapy for palliative care is reasonable, 10 or more treatments for patients during the last month of life is a “waste of resources.”

The conundrum, Brawley told Reuters Health, was that patients who received radiation got too much, but that too many patients who could have benefited from radiation got no therapy.

“This study shows there’s a lot of irrationality in how we treat patients,” said Brawley, who was not involved in the new work.

Irrational factors may drive end of life access to radiation | Reuters.

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