Researchers found that two-thirds of lung cancer patients treated at public hospitals suffered fatigue, nausea and other severe symptoms prior to chemotherapy compared with roughly one-third of patients treated at a cancer center. According to the study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, patients with less severe symptoms found some relief over time, while those with severe symptoms did not. The lead researcher noted that a lack of access to resources might account for patients at public hospitals being more likely to have worsening symptoms.

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