Survival Prediction of End Stage Cancer Patients: A Quick Review
Vincent Thai*, Gary Wolch and Yoko Tarumi
University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, AB Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Vincent Thai
University of Alberta Hospital
Edmonton, AB Canada
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: September 13, 2013; Accepted date: October 29, 2013; f Published date: November 4, 2013
Citation: Thai V, Wolch G, Tarumi Y (2013) Survival Prediction of End Stage Cancer Patients: A Quick Review. J Palliat Care Med 3:164. doi: 10.4172/2165-7386.1000164
Copyright: © 2013 Thai V, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Survival prediction for end stage cancer patientsremains an important task in Palliative Medicine. Previously more of an art form, survival prediction has now become increasingly objective, utilizing statistical estimates of survival. Both clinician prediction survival and actuarial estimation of survival have their uses and drawbacks. This article examines the pros and cons of each and how both can be utilized at the bedside.