Patients With Brain Tumors Face Late Hospice Enrollment And Utilization

BY KRISTIE L. KAHL | www.curetoday.com

Although the majority of patients with brain tumors enroll in hospice care, only a quarter of them do so in an adequate amount of time, which in turn, is likely too late to benefit from such care, according to a study published in Neuro-Oncology.

Adequate end-of-life care derives a variety of benefits for both patients and their families, including less invasive and ineffective intervention and less financial burden, said study author Justin Jordan, M.D., MPH, clinical director of the Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center.

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