Quality of Life in Cancer and AIDS
The goal of clinical research in cancer and AIDS is either curative or palliative in intent. In cancer cure is defined as long tern disease free survival which is comparable to the survival of individuals without the disease. In cancer cure is possible, with optimal therapy, in nearly half the patients. For the other half in cancer and for all individuals with AIDS palliation is the goal. Palliation can be defined as the alleviation of symptoms and/or prolongation of survival. Inherent in all of this is the assumption that cure and palliation will have a positive impact on quality of life.
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