A new card game helps patients and caregivers broach the difficult subject of end-of-life wishes and prioritize what's most important in their planning.
Nearly half of patients with advanced cancer around the world believe they will be cured, with the perception of curability significantly differing by education, performance status, and country of origin.
Early care after an incurable cancer diagnosis improves quality of life and also increases the chances of having end-of-life discussions.
Palliative care improved quality of life, depression, anxiety, and symptom burden in patients with hematologic malignancies hospitalized for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT).
Oncology nurses face a difficult challenge in getting patients to consider palliative care because despite knowing that palliative care is comfort care, many patients and caregivers still equate it with end of life.
Treatment with methylphenidate is not effective for depression in SSRI-treated patients with advanced cancer in hospice or receiving palliative care.
Systematic Palliative Care Provides Greater Improvement in Quality of Life for Patients with Pancreatic CancerJuly 29, 2016
Quality of life is significantly improved for patients with pancreatic cancer when systematic palliative care is administered vs on-demand palliative care.
In a large cohort of hematologic oncologists surveyed in the United States, standard end-of-life quality measures were highly acceptable, but unrealistic patient expectations are the greatest impediment to quality end-of-life care.
Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family MembersJuly 06, 2016
Palliative care-led informational and emotional support meetings do not reduce anxiety or depression symptoms and may increase posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in family members of patients with chronic critical illness.
Cancer and dementia patients get more access to palliative care than do patients with many other chronic conditions, recent research indicates.
The introduction of palliative care shortly after a patient is diagnosed with cancer is associated with improved quality of life.
Despite the benefits of early palliative care intervention, palliative care is less frequently employed at the emergency department. Researchers sought to evaluate patient outcomes related to ED palliative care.
Initiating a palliative care consultation in the ED improved quality of life and survival was not shortened in patients with advanced cancer.
Families of patients dying of cancer believe their loved one had better care when they died in a hospice rather than in a hospital's intensive care unit, according to new research.
Earlier hospice enrollment, avoidance of ICU admissions within 30 days of death, and death occurring outside the hospital were associated with perceptions of better end-of-life care.
Palliative care within 2 days of admission lowered costs for patients with cancer and comorbid conditions. In addition, early palliative care reduced direct hospital costs more for patients with a higher number of coexisting conditions.
Tumor Location and Duration of Therapy Influence Palliative Effects of Radiation Therapy for Painful Bone MetastasesDecember 31, 2015
In a review of the Dutch Bone Metastasis Study results, stratified for primary tumor location, palliative radiation therapy was found to reduce pain and improve quality of life for some patients.
Bisphosphonates may improve symptoms of hypercalcemia and prolong survival in patients receiving palliative care.
Hematologic specialists were less likely to refer patients early in the disease trajectory to palliative care.
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.
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 introduction of palliative care for patients hospitalized with advanced cancer is associated with lower hospital costs, according to a recent study.
Earlier palliative care consultation during hospital admission is associated with lower cost of hospital stay.
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.
A new randomized clinical trial has noted several significant benefits for those who began palliative care early.
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.
Second study shows benefits for caregivers with early palliative care intervention.
The impact of early versus delayed intervention with regard to family caregivers for those with cancer.
The efficacy of integrated oncology and palliative care (PC) are supported by randomized controlled trials.
Well-considered discharge planning and an adequate network of care providers can achieve a high percentage of stable care trajectories.
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