The Truth About Prognosis

We’ve known for years that cancer patients think their life expectancy is considerably greater than it really is–and that their oncologists think it is. This kind of wishful thinking has serious consequences: patients who believe they have years to live are likely to want their doctors to do everything possible to prolong their lives, even if the treatment is painful and risky. Patients who believe their time is very limited tend to want their doctors to provide treatment geared to promoting quality of life. This past week, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine by Melissa Wachterman and colleagues reports a similar gap between dialysis patients and their nephrologists. 

The Truth About Prognosis

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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