New Study: Physicians Not Candid With Terminally Ill Patients

A study of terminally ill cancer patients and their physicians found that in only 37 percent of cases was the doctor willing to give the patient his or her best estimate of how long the patient could expect to live. Without such knowledge, patients cannot make informed choices about how to spend their remaining time or prepare themselves or their families for the kind of death they would have chosen, given the opportunity.

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