Palliative Care

End-of-life Care Intensity for Patients With MDS May Be Suboptimal

The intensity of end-of-life care for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes may be optimal in terms of hospice use, a recently published study has shown.

Treatment Goals Separate From Life Goals Among Patients With Advanced Cancer

Treatment Goals Separate From Life Goals Among Patients With Advanced Cancer

Patients with advanced cancer view life goals as distinct from and less important than treatment goals, according to a recent study.

Initiating Palliative Care in the ED Improves Quality of Life

Initiating a palliative care consultation in the ED improved quality of life and survival was not shortened in patients with advanced cancer.

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

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.

Palliative Care is Cost Effective for Cancer Patients, and Increases With Comorbidities

Palliative Care is Cost Effective for Cancer Patients, and Increases With Comorbidities

Palliative care within 2 days of admission lowered costs for patients with cancer and comorbid conditions. In addition, early palliative care reduced direct hospital costs more for patients with a higher number of coexisting conditions.

Experiences, Dreams, and Visions: Easing the Patient With Cancer Toward End of Life

Experiences, Dreams, and Visions: Easing the Patient With Cancer Toward End of Life

Cancer patients in their last weeks of life may have end-of-life experiences, including dreams and visions. A study from researchers at a hospice found that these events are an important part of a patient's dying process.

Doctors May Convey Racial Bias Through Body Language

Hospital-based physicians exhibit significantly fewer positive, rapport-building nonverbal cues with black patients than with white patients when discussing end-of-life care.

Survey Shows Clinician Opinions on Timing of End-of-life Discussions for Patients With Blood Cancers

In a survey on end-of-life (EOL) discussions, hematologic oncologists reported that these discussions with patients who have blood cancers occur too late, according to a recent report.

Tumor Location and Duration of Therapy Influence Palliative Effects of Radiation Therapy for Painful Bone Metastases

Tumor Location and Duration of Therapy Influence Palliative Effects of Radiation Therapy for Painful Bone Metastases

In a review of the Dutch Bone Metastasis Study results, stratified for primary tumor location, palliative radiation therapy was found to reduce pain and improve quality of life for some patients.

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