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Cancer patients are not able to postpone death for important events

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-g

Question In patients with cancer, can “death take a holiday”?

Synopsis Many believe that individuals dying of cancer and other chronic illness can postpone their death to survive a major holiday or significant personal event. These investigators analysed death certificate data from everyone who died in the …

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