Palliative Care

Outcomes Best With Discharge to Home vs PAC or Hospice in Advanced Cancer

Outcomes Best With Discharge to Home vs PAC or Hospice in Advanced Cancer

In a prospective study, researchers assessed survival and quality of life measures for patients with advanced cancer in relation to where they are discharged from hospital: postacute care (PAC), hospice, or home without hospice.

Pain Control More Easily Achieved With Nurse-Led Education in Bone Metastases

Pain Control More Easily Achieved With Nurse-Led Education in Bone Metastases

A phase 3 study demonstrated the impact of nurse-led education on pain vs care as usual in terms of number of patients reporting pain scores.

Palliative Care Associated With Decreased Costs For Patients With Advanced Cancer

Palliative Care Associated With Decreased Costs For Patients With Advanced Cancer

Previous studies have shown that patients with advanced cancer may experience some financial relief integrating palliative care with standard oncologic care, but these results were coincidental findings and have not yet been fully explored.

Utilization and Trends in Palliative Therapy for Stage IV Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Patients: A U.S. Population-based Study

Utilization and Trends in Palliative Therapy for Stage IV Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Patients: A U.S. Population-based Study

[Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology] This research examined patients who presented with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma at diagnosis, and their patterns of palliative care utilization.

Prevalence of Aggressive Cancer Care at End of Life Remains Unchanged

Prevalence of Aggressive Cancer Care at End of Life Remains Unchanged

Researchers reported trends of aggressiveness of cancer care near the end of life (ACCEoL) have remained unchanged in adult patients despite increasing resources for integrated palliative care in a presentation at ESMO 2017 Congress.

Hyponatremia May Lead to Worse Symptom Severity, Frequency in Cancer

Hyponatremia May Lead to Worse Symptom Severity, Frequency in Cancer

Patients with cancer who develop hyponatremia suffer from more symptoms with greater severity than normonatremic patients; however, no significant association was found between in-hospital mortality or length of hospital stay and hyponatremia.

Utilization of Optimal End-of-Life Care for Acute Myeloid Leukemia Often Delayed

Utilization of Optimal End-of-Life Care for Acute Myeloid Leukemia Often Delayed

Hospice services and effective health care strategies are underutilized by patients with AML leading to suboptimal end-of-life care.

Pain Management, Cancer Care at End-of-Life Improved by Caregiver Education, Training Intervention

Pain Management, Cancer Care at End-of-Life Improved by Caregiver Education, Training Intervention

Novel intervention focuses on caregivers' beliefs, knowledge, and skills regarding home care for patients with cancer resulting in improved pain management and better overall care at the end of life.

Palliative Care Use Up for End-Stage Liver Disease

Palliative Care Use Up for End-Stage Liver Disease

Hispanic race and insurance coverage associated with lower referral to palliative care, data indicates.

Virtual Reality Offers New Experiences to Patients in Hospice

Virtual Reality Offers New Experiences to Patients in Hospice

A London hospice facility's experiment with virtual reality offers patients at the end of life the chance to explore the world beyond their bed.

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