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Early Palliative Care Improves QOL for Lung and GI Cancer Patients

Author: Karen Singer, Cancer Network
05 December 2017

The early integration of oncology and palliative care (EIPC) enhanced coping strategies—and improved quality of life (QOL)—for patients newly diagnosed with incurable lung or noncolorectal gastrointestinal cancer

The early integration of oncology and palliative care (EIPC) enhanced coping strategies—and improved quality of life (QOL)—for patients newly diagnosed with incurable lung or noncolorectal gastrointestinal cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

This secondary analysis of a nonblinded randomized clinical trial that compared EIPC with oncology care alone involved 350 patients who were recruited from May 2011 to July 2015 from outpatient clinics at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston.

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