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Advances in multimodal cancer-directed treatment have improved survival for metastatic cancer patients. In the Western world the combination of various demographic, health-related and sociological factors will contribute to increased comorbidities and mortality over the next decade. A careful, evidence-based approach is necessary to address the inevitable challenges, which will be posed by an increasingly aged population that will require supportive care towards the end of their lives.1 Further investment in palliative care research is required to generate the evidence which will improve the care delivered to patients approaching death.2 Currently, funding for end-of-life and palliative care research is inadequate. Data on UK research funding by National Cancer Research Institute partners in …
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