Advanced Cancer Patients and General Population Older Adults Differ in Preferences for a Good End-of-Life Experience
Patients with advanced cancer are willing to pay more for all aspects of a good end-of-life experience compared with healthy older adults. Both groups are willing to pay more to be pain free and to die at home.
Bisphosphonates may improve symptoms of hypercalcemia and prolong survival in patients receiving palliative care.
Hematologic specialists were less likely to refer patients early in the disease trajectory to palliative care.
Religious or spiritual considerations were discussed in 16% of family meetings in ICUs, but health care professionals only rarely explored the patient's or family's religious or spiritual ideas.
In recent years, an increasing number of cancer patients were found to be assigning durable power of attorney.
Investigators examined the intensity of end-of-life care for teens and young adults who died between the ages of 15 and 39 years of age.
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.
Effective patient-centered palliative care is contingent on access to supportive care, which may be lacking in rural areas. In this pilot program, researchers demonstrated a model that bridges that gap.
Earlier introduction of palliative care for patients hospitalized with advanced cancer is associated with lower hospital costs, according to a recent study.
Earlier palliative care consultation during hospital admission is associated with lower cost of hospital stay.
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