Early palliative care in non-small cell lung cancer improves quality of life and mood, and may result in longer survival
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In this single-centre unblinded study performed in Massachusetts over 3 years, 151 outpatients with newly diagnosed metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and with a performance status of 0–2 were randomised to either standard oncological care alone or to standard care plus early palliative care.
The study groups were broadly similar and the results were analysed on an intention-to-treat basis at 12 weeks; 14% of patients in the …