Earlier Hospice Care Urged for Terminal Prostate Cancer

October 13th, 2010

By Alan Mozes for HealthDay

Waiting too late means less benefit for patients, families, experts suggest

Most American men who are dying of prostate cancer are slow to take advantage of the end-of-life services available through hospice care, new research suggests.

Although about half of such patients do turn to hospice care eventually, the study team found that most wait until the very end — often just a week or two before their death — before enrolling in a hospice program. Health care professionals, meanwhile, advise that such symptom management care begin several weeks before a patient’s final days.

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