Humidifying mouth and throat during radiotherapy reduces mucositis and hospital stay


Head and neck cancer patients who received daily humidification of the mouth and throat region at the beginning of radiation therapy treatment spent half as many days in the hospital to treat side effects, according to new research.

One-fifth of advanced GI cancer hospitalizations avoidable

One-fifth of advanced GI cancer hospitalizations avoidable

A higher 90-day mortality was seen after avoidable versus non-avoidable hospitalizations.

Head and neck cancer care increasingly regionalized

Inpatient care for head and neck cancer is becoming concentrated at teaching hospitals.

Cancer care is improved in hospitals that employ more cancer specialist nurses


The care experience of cancer patients is better at hospitals that employ a larger number of cancer specialist nurses, according to a newly published study by the United Kingdom's NHS.

Majority of children readmitted to hospital after stem cell transplant


Nearly two-thirds of children receiving stem cell transplants returned to the hospital within 6 months for treatment of unexplained fevers, infections, or other problems, according to a recent study

Rate of hospital infections in cancer patients has increased but deaths have declined


A nationwide study on patient outcomes after cancer surgeries found that while infections during hospital stays increased during a 10-year period, the death rate from those infections declined.

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.

Safety-net hospital care good for head, neck cancer

Safety-net hospital care good for head, neck cancer

Surgical care provided to vulnerable population without increase in mortality, morbidity, costs.

Treatment of complications has a greater impact on ovarian cancer mortality than case volume


Women who have surgery for ovarian cancer at high-volume hospitals have superior outcomes compared with similar patients at low-volume hospitals. This improved survival rate is dependent on the treatment of complications, and not on a lower rate of complications following surgery.

Quantity/quality of life in pancreatic cancer examined

Knowing how much time people with pancreatic cancer spend in the hospital or in medical care can help clinicians make treatment recommendations.

Oncology clinicians work to cope with patient deaths

The grief experienced by the oncologists had unique elements beyond sadness, crying, and sleep loss.

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.

Cancer hospitalizations rated

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released Statistical Brief #125 Cancer Hospitalizations for Adults, 2009.

Bedside handoffs transform nursing shift changes into relationship-based care


Patient handoffs conducted at bedside support the principles of relationship-based care and benefits both nurses and patients.

Using a discharge nurse streamlines this administrative process and expedites the patient's return to home


Assigning the responsibility of following up on patients' discharge needs to one charge nurse can expedite the process and avoid unnecessary disruptions in patient care.

Delicious hospital food? Yes! Cancer center kitchens focus on stimulating the appetite

Delicious hospital food? Yes! Cancer center kitchens focus on stimulating the appetite


Room service and other high-end dietary experiences are improving overall care at many cancer centers.

Beads of Courage: A linear story of a child's bravery on the journey to recovery

Beads of Courage: A linear story of a child's bravery on the journey to recovery


Tiny works of art are stringed together to tell a child's story of courage during the course of treatment for cancer or another serious illness.

Brachytherapy doubled risk for mastectomy, complications in older women

Although popular among older women with breast cancer, accelerated partial breast brachytherapy may be less effective and more toxic than standard whole breast irradiation in these patients.

CDC focuses on infection prevention

CDC focuses on infection prevention

A new initiative launched by CDC is designed to reduce the risk of life-threatening infection in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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.

"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.

New guidelines seek to prevent IV catheter-related infections

The CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee have released new guidelines to help eliminate bloodstream infections associated with intravenous catheters.

Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy deemed safe

Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) is a safe operation over the long term, indicate the results of a large study.

Hip fractures a concern for younger breast cancer patients

Although hip fractures are rare in people younger than 70 years, they appear to strike at a much younger age in women who have been treated for breast cancer.

Patients Fail to Recall Hospital Medications Taken


Patients lack knowledge about the medications they take during hospital stays, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine ([Epub ahead of print]).

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