Skipping urgent referral linked to mortality risk
Dion Smyth Lecturer-practitioner in cancer and palliative care, Birmingham City University
Patients with cancer who fail to keep an urgent referral appointment for their symptoms are 12% more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, a study has found. Male patients and those aged under 30 or over 85 are more likely to skip their appointment, the study found.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 18, 6, 12-12. doi: 10.7748/cnp.18.6.12.s9