Ira Byock, MD; Steven H. Miles, MD
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Byock I, Miles SH. Hospice Benefits and Phase I Cancer Trials. Ann Intern Med. 2004;140:71. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-140-1-200401060-00030
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2004;140(1):71.
We asserted that people who qualify for hospice care under Medicare must not be rendered ineligible for hospice services if they choose to enter a phase I trial. We do not share Dr. Avery's view that people who enroll in hospice should not be allowed to participate in phase I trials. Hospice is a service delivery model for providing palliative care. Neither research nor patient care is served by denying patients with incurable cancer the opportunity to contribute to determining safe doses for therapies that may help others. Many terminally ill patients value a sense of contributing to others (1). People with advanced, incurable cancer may well benefit from receiving hospice services as they participate in clinical research. The Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care program sponsored 4 cancer programs of concurrent oncology care, including participation in phase I and phase II clinical trials, and palliative care. These projects were well received by patients, families, and clinicians (2).
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