I wonder if this is polically motivated?
Report from the AMA news from today. NYT.
End-stage cancer patients may not benefit from chemotherapy
The New York Times (7/24, Belluck, Subscription Publication) reports that research published in JAMA Oncology suggests that patients with end-stage cancer “may not benefit from…chemotherapy — and that for many, their quality of life may worsen in their final weeks compared with patients who forgo last-ditch treatment.” Investigators “followed 312 adult patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live.”
On its website, CBS News (7/24, Welch) reports that the investigators found that “giving chemotherapy to end-stage cancer patients near death was associated with worse quality of life among those who could still perform many daily life functions.” The researchers “also found that chemotherapy had no effect on the quality of life on less-functional patients close to death.”
The Washington Post (7/24, Johnson) “Wonkblog” reports that “In an accompanying editorial, two physicians from the Oregon Health and Science University wrote that there are only two reasons to give a patient chemotherapy, which can be time-consuming, expensive, and have side effects: it should either extend their lives or make their lives better.”