Hospice

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital Intensive Care Unit for Those Dying of Cancer

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital Intensive Care Unit for Those Dying of Cancer

Families of patients dying of cancer believe their loved one had better care when they died in a hospice rather than in a hospital's intensive care unit, according to new research.

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Perceptions of Better End-of-Life Care

By

Earlier hospice enrollment, avoidance of ICU admissions within 30 days of death, and death occurring outside the hospital were associated with perceptions of better end-of-life care.

Majority of younger patients dying of cancer use aggressive interventions in last month of life

Majority of younger patients dying of cancer use aggressive interventions in last month of life

More than two-thirds of adolescents and young adults dying as a result of cancer underwent at least one aggressive intervention during the last month of life.

Use of hospice at end of life is significantly influenced by physician characteristics

Use of hospice at end of life is significantly influenced by physician characteristics

The strongest known predictor of whether a patient will enroll in hospice care is the individual physician the patient sees.

Unique characteristics of informal hospice cancer caregiving

Unique characteristics of informal hospice cancer caregiving

Unique characteristics of informal caregivers of patients with cancer that will ultimately help hospice providers.

Music, Nature Sounds May Improve Pain, Anxiety in Hospice Cancer Patients

Music, Nature Sounds May Improve Pain, Anxiety in Hospice Cancer Patients

By

Music, nature sounds, and the combination of both were effective in decreasing pain and anxiety in patients with cancer on hospice.

Hospice program provides compassionate end-of-life care in a challenging environment

Hospice program provides compassionate end-of-life care in a challenging environment

By

A prison environment is a challenging place in which to provide compassionate end-of-life care. The Louisiana correctional system looks within its walls for people who can handle the job.

Effective use of hospice improves end-of-life care for patients with cancer

Effective use of hospice improves end-of-life care for patients with cancer

By

A recent study demonstrates cost efficiencies seen in patients with cancer who enrolled in the Medicare hospice program. It also offers explanations for why more patients may not be using the program.

Cancer patients in hospice less likely to receive aggressive treatment

Cancer patients in hospice less likely to receive aggressive treatment

Researchers found that non-hospice patients used significantly more health care resources, mainly for acute conditions not directly related to their cancer.

Use of hospital-based services, as well as hospice, increased among patients with ovarian cancer

By

Patients with ovarian cancer, despite an increasing use of hospital services, are more likely to enter hospice and less likely to die in the hospital, investigators found.

Hospice increase doesn't offset end-of-life care for ovarian cancer

Hospice increase doesn't offset end-of-life care for ovarian cancer

Findings among older patients with terminal ovarian cancer showed that an increase in hospice care did not offset intensive end-of-life care in older women.

Factors associated with late hospice admission for cancer patients identified

Factors associated with late hospice admission for cancer patients identified

For patients with cancer, late admission more likely for younger patients, married men, hematologic malignancies.

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

By

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.

ED visits at the end of life: Helping patients maintain their care decisions

ED visits at the end of life: Helping patients maintain their care decisions

By

Patients at the end of life often forego their resolve to die in their home, and visit an emergency department for care. A recent study sought to understand this decision.

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.

Early discussion of end-of-life care leads to less aggressive treatment and more use of hospice

By

Patients with advanced cancer who discussed end-of-life care with their doctors earlier in the course of their illness had care that was less aggressive in their last month of life and were more likely to use hospice services.

Early end-of-life talks can reduce aggressive cancer care

Early end-of-life talks can reduce aggressive cancer care

Discussing EOL plans prior to last 30 days of life linked to less aggressive, more hospice care.

Understanding the impact of disparities on cancer care

Understanding the impact of disparities on cancer care

By

Learn how patients' perceptions of health care can have a significant influence on the effectiveness of cancer care and patient education.

Hospice visit number affects ability to die at home

Hospice visit number affects ability to die at home

Factors have been identified that affect a hospice cancer patient's ability to die in his or her setting of choice.

Including palliative care at diagnosis is beneficial for patients with advanced cancer

Including palliative care at diagnosis is beneficial for patients with advanced cancer

By

ASCO recommends offering palliative care to all patients with metastatic or advanced cancer, ideally at diagnosis.

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.

Hospice Care: Quality of Life at the End of Life

Hospice Care: Quality of Life at the End of Life

Hospice offers care to people who are terminally ill and may no longer wish to undergo treatment. Learn more about who provides hospice care and what services are offered.

New models estimate survival time in advanced cancer

A number of variables can be used to estimate whether a person with advanced cancer who is no longer being treated for the disease will live for days, weeks, or months.

Dignity therapy improves end-of-life experience

A form of psychotherapy that is intended to relieve distress for dying patients and their families showed great effectiveness in a recent study.

Lung cancer prompts different uses of end-of-life care in the United States, Canada

At the end of life, US Medicare patients with lung cancer make much more use of chemotherapy than do their counterparts in Ontario, but Canadians are much more likely to be hospitalized.

Déjà vu: How I remember to listen

Déjà vu: How I remember to listen

By

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

"FATE" survey assesses end of life in head and neck cancer

Palliative treatments, death outside of the hospital, and involvement by a palliative care team all improve the end-of-life experience for persons with head and neck cancer.

Where to die: The impact of setting on quality of life for patients and caregivers

Where to die: The impact of setting on quality of life for patients and caregivers

By

Where patients spend their final days has an impact on the quality of life at the end of their life, as well as their caregivers' mental health after their death.

Access to hospice care fails to explain disparities in enrollment

By

Disparities in hospice use among patients are not likely due to lack of access, according to a study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Physician-assisted death is low at most Oregon hospices

By

Hospice programs in Oregon do not fully participate in physician-assisted death, according to a study published in the Hasting Center Report (40, no. 5 (2010): 26-35).

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters

Regimen and Drug Listings

GET FULL LISTINGS OF TREATMENT Regimens and Drug INFORMATION

Bone Cancer Regimens Drugs
Brain Cancer Regimens Drugs
Breast Cancer Regimens Drugs
Endocrine Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gastrointestinal Cancer Regimens Drugs
Genitourinary Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gynecologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Head and Neck Cancer Regimens Drugs
Hematologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Lung Cancer Regimens Drugs
Other Cancers Regimens
Rare Cancers Regimens
Skin Cancer Regimens Drugs