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Medical News & Perspectives
July 16, 2014

Statin Use May Stop When Illness Is Terminal, Study Says

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JAMA. 2014;312(3):221. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8845

Discontinuing statin use in patients with late-stage cancer or other terminal illnesses isn’t harmful and may help improve patients’ quality of life, according to new research.

Data presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago showed that ending statin use in patients with advanced diseases appears to offer several benefits. The study’s lead author, Jean Kutner, MD, MSPH, of the University of Colorado Cancer Center in Aurora, called research on when to stop preventive medications “a new line of investigation.”

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