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|ECOG PERFORMANCE STATUS
|Fully active, able to carry on all pre-disease performance without restriction
|Restricted in physically strenuous activity but ambulatory and able to carry out work of a light or sedentary nature, e.g., light house work, office work
|Ambulatory and capable of all selfcare but unable to carry out any work activities; up and about more than 50% of waking hours
|Capable of only limited selfcare; confined to bed or chair more than 50% of waking hours
|Completely disabled; cannot carry on any selfcare; totally confined to bed or chair
*Oken M, Creech R, Tormey D, et al. Toxicity and response criteria of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. Am J Clin Oncol. 1982;5:649-655.
As a junior doctor, informing patients about a new diagnosis of malignancy should usually be performed by the registrar or consultant. However, there may be times where you may be required to deliver bad news to patients.
Here are some useful resources to assist with this: