Colon Cancer

Study examines aggressive end-of-life care

Source: University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Advanced cancer patients receive aggressive care at high rates at the end of life

In the last month of their lives, younger cancer patients continued to be hospitalized and receive other aggressive treatment at high rates, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-led study found.

A national health claims analysis of cancer patients who were younger than age 65 and had metastatic disease revealed that nearly two-thirds were admitted to the hospital or visited the emergency room in the last 30 days of their...