Half of cancer patients 'never heard of' advance care planning

They are also more likely to talk to family or friends about their preferences than doctors

Half of patients with cancer say they have never heard of advance care planning despite their many interactions with the healthcare system, a national survey shows. 

The findings also indicate that most patients rely on discussions with family and friends about their values and preferences if they were to become seriously ill rather than with their doctor. 

Researchers from Advance Care Planning Australia at Austin Health in Melbourne carried out an online survey of 440 adult patients with a current or

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