Palliative Care

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.

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.

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