Author | Sara Beth Harrington, MD

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'Futile Care': What to Do When Your Patient Insists on Chemotherapy That Likely Won’t Help

July 01, 2008

The use of the term "futility" in cancer care has been prompted, in part, by increasing requests from patients for treatments thought to be ineffective as well as costly.[1] The appropriate role of chemotherapy near the end of life is a complex issue.[2]