Advance Care Planning

Clinicians who would prefer hospice for themselves are more likely to discuss it with patients

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Recent research identified factors that increased the likelihood that clinicians would choose hospice care for themselves and examines how their preferences relate to the timing of end-of-life care discussions with patients.

Using genomic testing to steer clinical treatment decisions

Using genomic testing to steer clinical treatment decisions

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Improved understanding of how to integrate the results into the treatment planning process is changing the course of treatment for some patients.

Patient navigator: A role for nurses that goes beyond clinical care

Patient navigator: A role for nurses that goes beyond clinical care

Cancer care entails a confusing labyrinth of screenings, tests, and treatments. This emerging role for nurses is becoming increasingly vital to achieve ideal patient outcomes.

Advance care planning helps teens with cancer

Family-centered advance care planning left adolescent oncology patients significantly better informed than those who didn't have such sessions.

Early end-of-life talks mean less aggressive care later

Early end-of-life talks are associated with less aggressive care and greater use of hospice services when patients do reach their final days.

Expectations too high for palliative chemotherapy

Many persons who receive chemotherapy for incurable cancers may not understand that the treatment is unlikely to be curative.

Nurses should incorporate palliative information early in oncology treatment

A nurse-led palliative care intervention for persons newly diagnosed with metastatic cancer improved patients' emotional and mental quality of life.

Déjà vu: How I remember to listen

Déjà vu: How I remember to listen

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The patient's daughter had been through the discharge process before. But she struggled with accepting her recurrent feelings. The nurse did, too.

DS-ACP: A care plan that goes beyond directives and proxies

DS-ACP: A care plan that goes beyond directives and proxies

Disease-specific advance care planning provides greater clarity about preferences, improving end-of-life care.

Neoplastic meningitis: Keeping palliative care options open

Neoplastic meningitis: Keeping palliative care options open

Prognosis is not good, but many patients still seek treatment, equating prolonged neurologic function with better quality of life.

Disease-specific advance care planning: Conversations emphasize patient preferences and provide clarity

When planning for end-of-life care, disease-specific advance care planning delivers greater patient satisfaction and clarity about preferences.

Advance care planning for the end of life

Advance care planning can be applied in CPR decision-making at the end of life, but because medical technology advances mean increased length of palliative care and chronic illnesses, the decision of when to intervene has become more complex

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