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November 13, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 22


Study Shows Importance of Early End-of-Life Care Discussions

Elderly woman in a hospital bed Patients with advanced cancer who discussed end-of-life care with their doctors earlier in the course of their illness had care that was less aggressive in their last month of life and were more likely to use hospice services, according to a new study. Earlier discussions may help to ensure that care at the end of life is more consistent with patients' preferences, the study authors explained. Yet, on average, these discussions took place about 1 month before a patient died, they found. 

The study was published online November 13 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO). Read more > >



Special Issue on the Science behind Cancer Screening

Don't miss our November 27 special issue, which will focus on the science behind cancer screening. In addition to commentary from some of the top experts in cancer screening, articles will look at addressing disparities, translating clinical trial findings into practice, and using modeling to determine who will benefit most from screening.

Past special issues have focused on oncology nursing, obesity and cancer research, and adolescent and young adult cancers



  • FDA Update

    • New Treatment Approved for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  • CDC Update

    • Global Study Documents Tobacco Use, Secondhand Smoke Exposure among Women of Childbearing Age
  • Update

    • Newly Launched NCI Map Stories Show Geographic Patterns of Cancer
  • Notes

    • National Cancer Advisory Board to Meet Later this Month
    • NCI Workshop Will Address Scientific Priorities for Cancer Epidemiology
    • CancerCare, NCI Seek Submissions for eHealth Video Challenge
    • Cancer Research Network Scholars Program Accepting Applications
    • Quit Smoking with Mobile Resources from NCI

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