Ventilator Relieves Lung Cancer Pain In Final Hours; At End Of Life, It May Be Better Than Standard Oxygen Therapy, Istituto Scientifico di Pavia Study  
5/21/2008 8:10:51 AM

HealthDay News -- New research suggests that a mechanical ventilator can ease suffering and help lung cancer patients avoid sedation at the end of life. A large percentage of these patients didn't want to have anything to do with a ventilator, which requires them to wear an oxygen mask. But those who were willing to try the treatment needed less morphine and had fewer symptoms in their final hours.