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Use of Chemotherapy Within the Last 14 Days of Life in Patients Treated at a Comprehensive Cancer Center

Maria Alma Rodriguez, MD1; Alma Yvette DeJesus, RN, MSN2; Lee Cheng, PhD2
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1Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
2Department of Clinical Effectiveness, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):989-991. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.1001.
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Evidence suggests that minimizing aggressive treatment for patients with terminal cancer may provide a better quality of life during the patients’ final days.1,2 One of the proposed metrics for determining quality of cancer care is whether chemotherapy is administered in the last 14 days of life.3 We assessed the proportion of patients who received chemotherapy in the last 14 days of life at our institution by diagnostic categories of solid tumor or hematologic malignant neoplasm and by factors with a potential influence on the use of chemotherapy.

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