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Cancer patients' lifespan 'can be predicted'

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A new scoring system can reliably predict how long patients with advanced cancer are likely to survive.

Researchers from the University of London studied 1,018 patients with advanced incurable cancer.

Using a combination of factors, the team created two scores (PiPS-A and PiPS-B) to predict survival for “days” (0-13 days), “weeks” (14-55 days) or “months” (more than 55 days).

Both scores were at least as accurate as clinician estimates, but PiPS-B proved significantly better.

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