Conversations about prognosis, priorities, and end-of-life care are stressful, difficult, and vitally important for those affected by advanced cancer.1 These conversations typically occur in the last month of life, in acute care settings, and with physicians outside the patient’s previous health care team.2 Poor communication about these issues is associated with greater suffering and exposure to unpleasant, futile treatments.3 Peak professional organizations and consensus groups recommend making these conversations part of routine oncological care.4,5
Kiely BE, Stockler MR. Discussing Prognosis, Preferences, and End-of-Life Care in Advanced Cancer: We Need to Speak. JAMA Oncol. Published online March 14, 20195(6):788–789. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.0291
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