Palliative Care

More patients with cancer assigning durable power of attorney

In recent years, an increasing number of cancer patients were found to be assigning durable power of attorney.

End-of-life care for teens and young adults with cancer studied

Investigators examined the intensity of end-of-life care for teens and young adults who died between the ages of 15 and 39 years of age.

Majority of younger patients dying of cancer use aggressive interventions in last month of life

Majority of younger patients dying of cancer use aggressive interventions in last month of life

More than two-thirds of adolescents and young adults dying as a result of cancer underwent at least one aggressive intervention during the last month of life.

Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

Effective patient-centered palliative care is contingent on access to supportive care, which may be lacking in rural areas. In this pilot program, researchers demonstrated a model that bridges that gap.

Earlier attention to quality of life reduces hospital costs for advanced cancer patients

Earlier introduction of palliative care for patients hospitalized with advanced cancer is associated with lower hospital costs, according to a recent study.

Early palliative care lowers hospital costs in patients with advanced cancer

Early palliative care lowers hospital costs in patients with advanced cancer

Earlier palliative care consultation during hospital admission is associated with lower cost of hospital stay.

Young Women with Breast Cancer on Ovarian Suppression Need Early Intervention to Mitigate Poor QOL

Young Women with Breast Cancer on Ovarian Suppression Need Early Intervention to Mitigate Poor QOL

Early intervention should be offered to young women with breast cancer on ovarian function suppression and tamoxifen, who experience poorer quality of life (QOL) in the early survivorship period, according to a study presented at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.

The nurse-patient relationship: When it's time to be brave enough to let go

The nurse-patient relationship: When it's time to be brave enough to let go

Patients at a crossroads in their care may struggle with the decision to change the course of their care. Nurses need to find the balance between offering support and letting the patient go forward.

Early use of palliative care in cancer improves patients' lives and outcomes for caregivers

A new randomized clinical trial has noted several significant benefits for those who began palliative care early.

Hospice program provides compassionate end-of-life care in a challenging environment

Hospice program provides compassionate end-of-life care in a challenging environment

A prison environment is a challenging place in which to provide compassionate end-of-life care. The Louisiana correctional system looks within its walls for people who can handle the job.

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