Futile medication use in terminally ill cancer patients

@article{Riechelmann2008FutileMU,
  title={Futile medication use in terminally ill cancer patients},
  author={Rachel Sim{\~o}es Pimenta Riechelmann and Monika K Krzyzanowska and Camilla Zimmermann},
  journal={Supportive Care in Cancer},
  year={2008},
  volume={17},
  pages={745-748}
}
Cancer patients usually take many medications. The proportion of patients with advanced cancer who are taking futile drugs is unknown. We retrospectively reviewed the charts of all consecutive ambulatory patients with advanced cancer and who were receiving supportive care exclusively at palliative care clinics, Princess Margaret Hospital, to gather information on futile medications used by them. Futile medications were defined as unnecessary (when no short-term benefit to patients with respect… CONTINUE READING
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