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Health & wellness

Cancer patients can mistake treatment for cure

Many patients with ­advanced lung and colorectal ­cancer harbor the fundamental mis­perception that treatments that can extend life and alleviate pain might also cure them, according to a new study led by researchers at the Dana-­Farber Cancer Institute.

The finding highlights a breakdown in the difficult and important conversations physicians have with patients about their prognosis, the authors say. Their report was ­published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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