Sounds counterintuitive to think long-term when dealing with the terminally ill. But recent research indicates that cancer patients are some of the most medicated individuals within our healthcare system. A study in over 4000 individuals in hospices in 11 states (35% of which had a cancer diagnosis) demonstrated that a mean of 15 drugs had been prescribed at any one time. More than 350 patients were receiving more than 30 medications (1).
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