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Aggressiveness of Care at the End of Life in Cancer Patients

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National University Hospital, Singapore Identifier:
First received: September 16, 2009
Last updated: April 7, 2010
Last verified: April 2010

Cancer is the commonest cause of death in Singapore, and many cancer deaths occur in hospital.

Management of cancer patients is getting more complex with constant development of new drugs, interventional procedures and supportive measures. Despite this, the majority of advanced cancer patients will die from their disease or related complications.

There is a lack of data on the utilisation of health resources in advanced cancer patients in this country. In this study the investigators ask themselves how aggressive care was in the last 3 months of the patient's life. The investigators will be collecting data on specific cancer treatments, interventional procedures, and supportive measures.

Advanced Cancer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Aggressiveness of Care at the End of Life in Cancer Patients

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Further study details as provided by National University Hospital, Singapore:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To describe the trends in the aggressiveness of care for advanced cancer patients near the end of life.

Estimated Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: March 2008

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

All advanced cancer patients who passed away in the National University Hospital during a defined 1 year period, will have a retrospective review of paper and electronic records.

Study subjects are identified from the weekly mortality lists that are sent to the Department of Haemtology Oncology. We aim to include 250 patients in this retrospective study.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Advanced cancer patients who passed away as an inpatient in NUH, under the department of Haematology Oncology.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with haematologic malignancies.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00980122

National University Hospital
Singapore, Singapore, 119074
Sponsors and Collaborators
National University Hospital, Singapore
  More Information

Responsible Party: Alvin Wong, National University Hospital, Singapore Identifier: NCT00980122     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MC05/30/07
Study First Received: September 16, 2009
Last Updated: April 7, 2010

Keywords provided by National University Hospital, Singapore:
Advanced cancer patients dying in hospital receive aggressive cancer-specific therapy and supportive measures.

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on May 23, 2017