Breast cancer patients receiving palliative care may have better outcomes if their oncologists communicate a clear prognosis and assure patients they will not be abandoned. The study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology was based on scripted videos of an oncologist and patient discussing the transition to palliative care. Researcher Dr. Liesbeth van Vliet said the study illustrates how this type of consultation can "soften the impact of a devastating message."

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