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Eight telltale signs are linked to impending death in cancer patients

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 09 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h663
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Eight specific clinical signs associated with death within three days in patients with cancer have been identified in a study published online in the journal Cancer.

Knowing when death is imminent means that close family members can be informed, investigations and aggressive treatment can be discontinued, and the patient can be made comfortable, the authors noted.

Researchers studied 357 consecutive patients with advanced …

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