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Cancer strategy: Easing the burden
Study shows patients who start palliative care early live longer
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Medical research; Palliative care; Lung cancer
Author: Smith, Stephen
Date: Aug 19, 2010
Start Page: B.1
Section: Metro
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Researchers from the Boston hospital are reporting today, however, that patients with advanced lung cancer who started palliative care soon after diagnosis not only suffered less, they lived almost three months longer than patients not provided these services. ' Palliative care specialists lament that their image as the medical world's grim reaper deprives patients and their families of care and support that can ease the burden of serious illnesses that exact a steep physical, psychological, and social toll.

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