Palliative Care

Palliative Cancer Care Should Focus on Symptoms, Not Diagnoses

Palliative Cancer Care Should Focus on Symptoms, Not Diagnoses

Results of a cross-sectional study determined that symptoms and care needs dictate palliative care needs of patients with cancer.

Accurate View of Prognosis Ensures Terminally Ill Make Value-Consistent EOL-Care Decisions

Accurate View of Prognosis Ensures Terminally Ill Make Value-Consistent EOL-Care Decisions

Most terminally ill patients have accurate prognostic awareness of their condition and tend to become more aware as their condition deteriorates.

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

Grief over a loved one's impending death may manifest as other emotions or difficult-to-manage behavior. This month's column describes how families may express their grief as anxiety about their loved one's care, an attempt to take control of the situation, or anger toward the clinicians involved in their loved one's care.

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

Nurse navigators have the education, experience, and skill set to provide patients with effective palliative care, and to provide the family with the support they need.

Symptom Burden Predictive of Hospital Discharge Location

Symptom Burden Predictive of Hospital Discharge Location

Greater symptom burden in hospitalized advanced cancer patients ups the likelihood of being discharged to a post-acute care facility or hospice.

Palliative Care Improves Coping in Patients With Incurable Cancers

Palliative Care Improves Coping in Patients With Incurable Cancers

Active coping is associated with a better quality of life and a decrease in depression symptoms, study finds.

Stem Cell Transplant Patients Benefit From Inpatient Palliative Care

Stem Cell Transplant Patients Benefit From Inpatient Palliative Care

Palliative care added to transplant care improved relief from depression and PTSD symptoms following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Lack of Transfusion Services a Barrier to Hospice Care for Patients With Blood Cancers

Lack of Transfusion Services a Barrier to Hospice Care for Patients With Blood Cancers

A lack of needed transfusion services was cited as why many hematologic oncologists are less likely to refer their patients with blood cancers to home hospice care.

Patients Often Prescribed Ineffectual Drugs in Last Months of Life

Patients Often Prescribed Ineffectual Drugs in Last Months of Life

Researchers find many still prescribed long-term disease-preventing medications

Nursing Protocol Enhances Care of the Family at End of Life in the Hospital Setting

Nursing Protocol Enhances Care of the Family at End of Life in the Hospital Setting

A pilot project of a protocol for optimizing care of the family at end-of-life.

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