Palliative Care

Survey Reveals Research Priorities for Cancer Patients, Oncology Nurses

Survey Reveals Research Priorities for Cancer Patients, Oncology Nurses

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Palliative care and end-of-life care are top research priorities for oncology patients and nurses.

Discharge Events Improved With Standardized Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation

Discharge Events Improved With Standardized Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation

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Standardized palliative care consultations for patients with advanced cancer improved postdischarge activities and use of services.

Screening Increases Early Palliative Care, Reduces Aggressive EOL Measures

Screening Increases Early Palliative Care, Reduces Aggressive EOL Measures

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Universal screening of women with gynecologic malignancies for early palliative care decreased the use of aggressive measures at the end of life.

ASTRO Issues Updated Guidelines on Palliative Radiation Therapy

ASTRO Issues Updated Guidelines on Palliative Radiation Therapy

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The guideline recommends optimal RT dosing schedules for pain relief, including options for retreatment.

Early Palliative Care Reduced ICU Use in Patients With Advanced Cancer

Early Palliative Care Reduced ICU Use in Patients With Advanced Cancer

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Early palliative care significantly reduced the use of the intensive care unit in patients with advanced cancer at the end of life.

Volunteer Programs Designed to Support Cancer Patients at the Very End of Life

Volunteer Programs Designed to Support Cancer Patients at the Very End of Life

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NODA and V3 are volunteer programs that provide a compassionate presence for patients who are alone in their final hours.

Management of Hypoglycemia in Nondiabetic Palliative Care Patients: A Prognosis-Based Approach

Management of Hypoglycemia in Nondiabetic Palliative Care Patients: A Prognosis-Based Approach

[Palliative Care: Research and Treatment] This research discusses the epidemiology, evidence-based recommendations, etiology, and mechanisms of hypoglycemia, as well as its management in hospice care or inpatient palliative care wards.

Palliative Care Provides Benefits, But Does Not Extend Life for Patients With Cancer

Palliative Care Provides Benefits, But Does Not Extend Life for Patients With Cancer

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A new meta-analysis examines the impact of palliative care services on patients' and caregivers' quality of life and outcomes.

Making End of Life Discussions Easier on Patients and Caregivers

Making End of Life Discussions Easier on Patients and Caregivers

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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.

Half of Patients With Advanced Cancer Believe They Will Be Cured

Half of Patients With Advanced Cancer Believe They Will Be Cured

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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 Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Terminal Cancer Patients

Early Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Terminal Cancer Patients

Early care after an incurable cancer diagnosis improves quality of life and also increases the chances of having end-of-life discussions.

Inpatient Palliative Care Improves QoL for Patients Hospitalized for HCT

Inpatient Palliative Care Improves QoL for Patients Hospitalized for HCT

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Palliative care improved quality of life, depression, anxiety, and symptom burden in patients with hematologic malignancies hospitalized for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT).

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

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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.

Methylphenidate Not Effective for Depression in SSRI-treated Patients

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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 Cancer

Systematic Palliative Care Provides Greater Improvement in Quality of Life for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

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Quality of life is significantly improved for patients with pancreatic cancer when systematic palliative care is administered vs on-demand palliative care.

Unrealistic Patient Expectations Top Barrier to Quality EOL Care

Unrealistic Patient Expectations Top Barrier to Quality EOL Care

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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 Members

Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family Members

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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.

Type of End-of-Life Care Received Varies Based on Type of Disease

Type of End-of-Life Care Received Varies Based on Type of Disease

Cancer and dementia patients get more access to palliative care than do patients with many other chronic conditions, recent research indicates.

Early Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

Early Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

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The introduction of palliative care shortly after a patient is diagnosed with cancer is associated with improved quality of life.

Initiating Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

Initiating Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

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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 Palliative Care in the ED Improves Quality of Life

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Initiating a palliative care consultation in the ED improved quality of life and survival was not shortened in patients with advanced cancer.

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital Intensive Care Unit for Those Dying of Cancer

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital Intensive Care Unit for Those Dying of 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.

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Perceptions of Better End-of-Life Care

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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 is Cost Effective for Cancer Patients, and Increases With Comorbidities

Palliative Care is Cost Effective for Cancer Patients, and Increases With Comorbidities

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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 Metastases

Tumor Location and Duration of Therapy Influence Palliative Effects of Radiation Therapy for Painful Bone Metastases

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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 Be Useful as Palliative Measure in Selected Patients

Bisphosphonates May Be Useful as Palliative Measure in Selected Patients

Bisphosphonates may improve symptoms of hypercalcemia and prolong survival in patients receiving palliative care.

"Supportive care" may hold less stigma than "palliative care"

"Supportive care" may hold less stigma than "palliative care"

Hematologic specialists were less likely to refer patients early in the disease trajectory to palliative care.

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

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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

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

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