A good article about a very difficult topic:

Cancer Doctors Recommend Earlier End-of-Life Care Talks
Palliative care options often offered too late, oncologist group says
Posted: January 25, 2011
By Serena Gordon

TUESDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) — People with advanced cancer should be told what end-of-life care choices are available earlier in the course of their disease, a new policy statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology recommends.

Unfortunately, these options are sometimes presented only days before death, reports the statement, published in the Jan. 24 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

“There’s a growing body of evidence that we can and should do a better job communicating with our patients with advanced cancer,” said statement author Dr. Jeffrey M. Peppercorn, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. “There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to cancer care, but patients need to be empowered. They need to know that there are options, in most cases, for disease-directed therapy, palliative therapy directed at symptom management and clinical research trials.”

Read more by going to:  Quality of life needs to be a priority at all stages of advanced cancer care.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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