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End-of-life Patients Need Big Picture

June 11, 2008

USA Today covers a study on patients with advanced cancer. They often don’t know how long they have to live or how chemotherapy will affect their lives and, in many cases, doctors don’t give patients this information.

David Johnson, M.D., a cancer survivor and VICC’s deputy director, is quoted, saying, “Doctors and patients alike are tempted to avoid painful conversations.”