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American Society of Clinical Oncology Urging More Candor with Cancer Patients and their Families

Date February 8, 2011

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is taking the lead in urging cancer specialists to talk to their patients about end-of life planning. They are also encouraging practitioners to focus on palliative care and symptom relief much sooner. The Society has developed a booklet for families with information on options for care, along with guidelines on starting the conservation about end-of-life wishes (online at http://www.cancer.net). This summer, the Society plans on publishing a detailed guideline for practitioners. (The Sacramento Bee, 2/7 http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/07/3384159/more-candor-urged-in-care-of-dying.html)

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