Palliative Care

Evolving Role of Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Mesothelioma

Evolving Role of Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Mesothelioma

Research into the potential of radiation therapy in the management of mesothelioma may improve the prognosis, and possibly extend progression-free survival, for patients with this incurable cancer.

Palliative Sedation a Valid Option for Refractory Symptoms in End-stage Cancer

Palliative Sedation a Valid Option for Refractory Symptoms in End-stage Cancer

A prospective study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of palliative sedation for patients with terminal illnesses who experience refractory symptoms.

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

Letter-Writing Project Communicates Care Wishes to Healthcare Team, Family

What matters most to me, who matters most to me, and what do I want in my last days? Letter-writing project is a tool for patients to communicate their wishes for their last days.

Bedside Assessment Tool Improves Worst Pain in Patients With Cancer

Bedside Assessment Tool Improves Worst Pain in Patients With Cancer

In a 2-arm parallel group study, researchers determined the effect of implementing EPAT on pain, pain management, and opioid-related adverse effects among patients with cancer in 19 cancer centers.

A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life

A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life

A new oncology nurse reflects on the first time she provided comfort care for a patient at the end of life and her family.

Various Aspects of Palliative Care Focus Associated With Different Outcomes In Cancer

Various Aspects of Palliative Care Focus Associated With Different Outcomes In Cancer

In this evaluation of palliative care use, investigators were able to determine how the focus of palliative care - coping, treatment, or advanced care planning - influenced patients' decisions on quality of life and decisions regarding chemotherapy and hospice care at the end of life.

Sitting With Silence in End-of-Life Cancer Care

Sitting With Silence in End-of-Life Cancer Care

Modern oncologic care entails actively pursuing treatment and cure; however, at the end of life, the ability to share silence may be the best treatment.

Early Integration of Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Early Integration of Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Results of a nonblinded study demonstrate the value of incorporating early palliative care into oncologic care for patients with advanced cancer.

Specialized Pediatric Palliative Care Reduces High-Intensity Care at End of Life

Specialized Pediatric Palliative Care Reduces High-Intensity Care at End of Life

A retrospective study of data from POGONIS evaluated the effectiveness of specialized pediatric palliative care vs general palliative care or no palliative care in pediatric patients with cancer at the end of life.

Nurses Must Be Experienced, Feel Competent When Providing End-of-Life Care

Nurses Must Be Experienced, Feel Competent When Providing End-of-Life Care

An analysis of select responses to a survey conducted by researchers from the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University identified oncology nurses' comfort level in handling end-of-life care and patient education.

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