Should cancer care focused on quality of life wait until all treatment ends? Or can it be integrated with medical treatment as soon as someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness?
In a study of 150 advanced lung cancer patients, starting palliative care along with standard life-prolonging treatment when patients were first diagnosed not only improved their mood and quality of life, it actually increased the time they lived.
Although patients who received early palliative care received less aggressive treatment at the end of life, they lived almost 3 months longer than patients who didn’t have such early support. Read the rest of this entry »