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Editor's Correspondence
September 12, 2009

Life Prolonging in Name Only?

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Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(16):1540. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.273

Zhang et al1(p480) introduce their study about communication at the end of life by observing that “Life-sustaining medical care of patients with advanced cancer at the end of life (EOL) is costly.” However, their data suggest that such “life-sustaining” treatments do not prolong life, although they clearly show that such suffering-inducing treatments result in a poorer quality of death.