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doi:10.1155/2011/325189 Research Article Symptom Burden, Survival and Palliative Care in Advanced Soft

By Tissue Sarcoma, Nicholas J. Gough, Clare Smith, Joy R. Ross, Julia Riley and Ian Judson

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Copyright © 2011 Nicholas J. Gough et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Introduction. The symptom burden and role of palliative care (PC) in patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma (STS) are not well defined. Methods. This study retrospectively reviewed both symptoms and PC involvement in patients known to an STS referral centre who died in one calendar year. Results. 81 patients met inclusion criteria of which 27 % had locally advanced disease and 73 % metastases at initial referral. The median number of symptoms was slowly progressive ranging from 2 (range 0–5) before first-line chemotherapy (n = 50) to 3 (range 1–6) at the time of best supportive care (BSC) decision (n = 48). Pain and dyspnoe

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