End of life care cuts down on suicides in veterans with lung cancer patients

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Research out of OHSU is shedding new light on the importance of end of life care.

A recent study looked at veterans with late stage lung cancer. Those who didn't have hospice care were more likely to take their own lives than those who had the treatment.

The author of the study, Dr. Don Sullivan of Oregon health and Science University, says the impact of a lung cancer diagnosis is often overlooked from a mental health standpoint.

Lung cancer is an aggressive disease and a near certain death sentence, however, doctors are focused on making the last days as comfortable as possible.

For veterans in need of help – you can reach the veterans crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.

You can also text “HOME” to 741741, or chat with someone online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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