Publication Abstract

Authors: Earle CC, Landrum MB, Souza JM, Neville BA, Weeks JC, Ayanian JZ

Title: Aggressiveness of cancer care near the end of life: is it a quality-of-care issue?

Journal: J Clin Oncol 26(23):3860-6

Date: 2008 Aug 10

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to review the literature and update analyses pertaining to the aggressiveness of cancer care near the end of life. Specifically, we will discuss trends and factors responsible for chemotherapy overuse very near death and underutilization of hospice services. Whether the concept of overly aggressive treatment represents a quality-of-care issue that is acceptable to all involved stakeholders is an open question.