Students at Georgetown University School of Medicine prepare to meet with an actor playing a patient in an exam room in March. Kevin Wolf/AP hide caption

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Dr. Joel Policzer checks on his patient, Lillian Landry, in the hospice wing of an Florida hospital in 2009. A new study found that many terminally ill cancer patients don't fully understand their prognosis. J. Pat Carter/AP hide caption

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