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Medical News & Perspectives
August 15, 2001

NCI to Lead Palliative Care Improvements

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JAMA. 2001;286(7):778-779. doi:10.1001/jama.286.7.778-JMN0815-2-1

Washington—Saying that more patients deserve appropriate palliative care for pain, nausea, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms, the National Cancer Policy Board is asking the federal government to lead the medical community toward a place where physicians and patients do not have to choose between "treatments with curative intents or comfort care."

Too often, cancer research and treatment focus exclusively on trying to cure patients, with little attention paid to improving quality of life, according to Improving Palliative Care for Cancer, a report prepared by the board under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council (available online at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10149.html).

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