Palliative Care

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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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