Earlier Palliative Care Lowers Costs, May Extend Survival For Patients With Advanced Cancer
Early palliative care reduced costs among patients with advanced cancer, according to retrospective study results. In addition, early palliative care appeared associated with better survival outcomes compared with standard oncologic care. "These findings provide further evidence for policies arguing that earlier access to routine palliative care among [patients with advanced cancer} should become a healthcare priority," Dr. Christopher K. Daugherty, professor of medicine and director of supportive oncology in Pritzker School of Medicine at The University of Chicago, and colleagues wrote.
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