Canadian cancer patients get better palliative care than people with other diseases

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Canadian palliative care is still mostly geared to end-of-life treatment of cancer, though most Canadians actually die of something else, the study’s authors write.

“Somebody who’s in a large urban centre who’s dying of cancer is very likely to get good palliative care, but people dying of anything else, anywhere else, are not that likely to get good palliative care,” says James Downar, a Toronto doctor who co-wrote the article.

The last stages of life are fairly predictable for terminal cancer patients, but less so for people dying slowly of heart disease.

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