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Only 5% of Terminally Ill Cancer Patients Fully Understand Prognosis

Only a tiny fraction of those diagnosed with terminal cancer are fully aware of their prognosis, according to a new study. Writing in this week's Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine say advanced cancer patients “remain unaware of basic information about their illness or its treatment.” The small study involved 178 terminally ill patients with cancer, having only months left to live. The patients were interviewed and asked about their health status,...

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