Prediction of survival in terminal cancer patients in Taiwan: constructing a prognostic scale.

@article{Chuang2004PredictionOS,
  title={Prediction of survival in terminal cancer patients in Taiwan: constructing a prognostic scale.},
  author={Rong-Bin Chuang and W Hu and T L Chiu and Ching-Yu Chen},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  year={2004},
  volume={28 2},
  pages={115-22}
}
We prospectively identified prognostic factors and developed a prognostic scale in 356 Taiwanese terminal cancer patients (training set). Demographic data, severity of symptoms/signs, and survival were statistically analyzed to create the scale, which was tested in another 184 patients (testing set). In the training set, liver and lung metastases, functional performance status, weight loss, edema, cognitive impairment, tiredness, and ascites were independently associated with shorter survival… CONTINUE READING