(NBC) – A new study suggests cancer patients still received aggressive forms of treatment even though they were in the final stages of life.
Researchers studied the treatment plans for over 100,000 patients who had just been told that their cancer had spread.
All had died within one month of the metastatic diagnosis.
The patients were in the National Cancer Data Base and suffered from lung, colorectal, breast or pancreatic cancer.
The scientists say some of the patients still received ineffective surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or hormonal therapy.
Experts say more research is needed to identify the patients who will no longer benefit from such life-prolonging therapies.