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Use of hospital-based services, as well as hospice, increased among patients with ovarian cancer

from Oncology Nurse Advisor

Patients with ovarian cancer were found to be more likely to enter a hospice and less likely to die in a hospital even though their use of hospital-based services actually increased, according to a study published in the Nov. 10 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Efforts have been widespread to improve the quality of life of terminally ill patients. As more patients choose to spend their final days and weeks in hospice care rather than a hospital, the hope is the use of intensive and costly hospital services would decline. This study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers in Boston, Massachusetts, shows that this is not happening for one group of terminally ill cancer patients. more

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