Palliative Care

Early palliative care interventions improves advanced cancer survival

Early palliative care interventions improves advanced cancer survival

Second study shows benefits for caregivers with early palliative care intervention.

Palliative care for caregivers should be initiated earlier rather than later

Palliative care for caregivers should be initiated earlier rather than later

The impact of early versus delayed intervention with regard to family caregivers for those with cancer.

Effect of timing of palliative care on outcomes for patients with advanced cancer

Effect of timing of palliative care on outcomes for patients with advanced cancer

The efficacy of integrated oncology and palliative care (PC) are supported by randomized controlled trials.

Patient beliefs about chemotherapy, cancer influence care choices at the end of life

Patient beliefs about chemotherapy, cancer influence care choices at the end of life

Patients with advanced cancer who believed chemotherapy might cure their cancer were more likely to receive chemotherapy.

Study identifies signs suggesting impending death in patients with advanced cancer

A new study has uncovered a number of specific physical signs that signal an impending death from cancer.

Stability in patient care trajectory after discharge to end of life maintained

Stability in patient care trajectory after discharge to end of life maintained

Well-considered discharge planning and an adequate network of care providers can achieve a high percentage of stable care trajectories.

A social enterprise serves as a working model for the future of palliative care

A social enterprise serves as a working model for the future of palliative care

A palliative care specialist uses crowdfunding and teleconferencing to build a practice that delivers palliative care to patients far away from institutional medicine.

Effective use of hospice improves end-of-life care for patients with cancer

Effective use of hospice improves end-of-life care for patients with cancer

A recent study demonstrates cost efficiencies seen in patients with cancer who enrolled in the Medicare hospice program. It also offers explanations for why more patients may not be using the program.

High value intervention for communicating about end-of-life goals is released

Physician-patient communication about goals of care is a low risk, high value intervention for patients with a life threatening illness, advised the American College of Physicians (ACP).

ONA Interview: Breaking the barriers to effective palliative care

ONA Interview: Breaking the barriers to effective palliative care

Oncology Nurse Advisor talked with Diane Meier, MD, about the components of quality palliative care. Dr. Meier is director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and vice-chair for Public Policy and a professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City; she is also the co-author of a new book on palliative care.

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