“Code Blue” Equals Lower Survival for Cancer Patients

University of Rochester| Tue Aug 01 16:17:04 EDT 2017
“Code Blue” Equals Lower Survival for Cancer Patients

Patients with advanced cancer who suffer cardiac arrest in the hospital have a survival rate of less than 10 percent—half the rate of other patients without cancer, according to a nationwide study led by the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The data helps to clear up some myths in medicine about cardiac arrest survival and can be used as a guidepost when hospitalized cancer patients and their families consider do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, said Jeffrey T. Buckel, M.D., a ....

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