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Doctors over-estimate survival of terminally ill patients
Doctors tend to over-estimate the survival of terminally ill cancer patients, but become more accurate closer to the date of death, finds a study in this week's BMJ. Accurate prognoses are important so patients can plan for death. Researchers reviewed eight studies involving more than 1,500 patients over 30 years to assess the accuracy of doctors' survival predictions. They found that doctors'... View News Article (2003-07-23)

Tackling depression in cancer patients can extend life
A study recommended by David Spiegel of Faculty of 1000 Medicine, looks at the relationship between depression care management and survival rates in older patients. View News Article (2008-04-11)

Vaccine yielded encouraging long-term survival rates in certain patients with NSCLC
Long-term follow-up of a phase II clinical trial showed encouraging survival in some patients with stage 3B/4 non-small cell lung cancer treated with belagenpumatucel-L, a therapeutic vaccine. View News Article (2012-04-04)

Combination treatment for metastatic melanoma results in longer overall survival
Among patients with metastatic melanoma, treatment with a combination of the drugs sargramostim plus ipilimumab, compared with ipilimumab alone, resulted in longer overall survival and lower toxicity, but no difference in progression-free survival. View News Article (2014-11-05)

Study shows modest improvement in advanced lung cancer overall survival rates
Research released in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology sought to determine whether the survival improvement among patients with metastatic lung cancer has improved over the last two decades as reported in controlled clinical trials. View News Article (2009-12-01)

Shorter ambulance response times would cut heart attack deaths
Reducing ambulance response times to 5 minutes could almost double the survival rate for cardiac arrests not witnessed by ambulance crews, finds a study in this week's BMJ. All out of hospital cardiopulmonary arrests due to cardiac disease attended by the Scottish Ambulance Service during May 1991 to March 1998 were analysed to determine the association between ambulance response times and... View News Article (2001-06-06)

Inappropriate sepsis therapy leads to fivefold reduction in survival
Patients experiencing septic shock who receive inappropriate therapy may have a fivefold reduction in survival, shows a new study. View News Article (2009-11-05)

Survival Benefit For Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Treated With Methotrexate (p 1173)
The anticancer drug methotrexate could have a substantial survival benefit among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, conclude authors of a prospective US study in this week's issue of THE LANCET. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease which results in reduced life-expectancy and is associated with cardiovascular disease, infection, and cancer. Low-dose methotrexate is the main... View News Article (2002-04-04)

Cancer Survival Rates Higher Than Previously Assumed
Conventional estimates for life expectancy after cancer diagnosis have been too pessimistic, suggests a study in this week's issue of THE LANCET. There are two main ways of quantifying survival estimates after cancer diagnosis. The conventional method, known as the cohort method, is based on the survival experience of cancer patients whose diagnosis occurred many years ago. This method therefore... View News Article (2002-10-09)

Patients' pretreatment quality of life can predict overall lung cancer survival
Research published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology has found that an individual's quality of life prior to treatment can help predict the overall survival of patients with advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). View News Article (2009-09-03)

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