Advanced Cancer

Palliative Sedation a Valid Option for Refractory Symptoms in End-stage Cancer

Palliative Sedation a Valid Option for Refractory Symptoms in End-stage Cancer

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A prospective study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of palliative sedation for patients with terminal illnesses who experience refractory symptoms.

Various Aspects of Palliative Care Focus Associated With Different Outcomes In Cancer

Various Aspects of Palliative Care Focus Associated With Different Outcomes In Cancer

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In this evaluation of palliative care use, investigators were able to determine how the focus of palliative care - coping, treatment, or advanced care planning - influenced patients' decisions on quality of life and decisions regarding chemotherapy and hospice care at the end of life.

Early Integration of Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Early Integration of Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Results of a nonblinded study demonstrate the value of incorporating early palliative care into oncologic care for patients with advanced cancer.

High Opioid Use Linked to Shorter Cancer Survival, Increased Health Care Use

High Opioid Use Linked to Shorter Cancer Survival, Increased Health Care Use

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Researchers sought to determine the link between opioid use among patients with advanced cancer and health care use such as urgent care, inpatient, and emergency room visits.

Outcomes Best With Discharge to Home vs PAC or Hospice in Advanced Cancer

Outcomes Best With Discharge to Home vs PAC or Hospice in Advanced Cancer

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In a prospective study, researchers assessed survival and quality of life measures for patients with advanced cancer in relation to where they are discharged from hospital: postacute care (PAC), hospice, or home without hospice.

Palliative Care Associated With Decreased Costs For Patients With Advanced Cancer

Palliative Care Associated With Decreased Costs For Patients With Advanced Cancer

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Previous studies have shown that patients with advanced cancer may experience some financial relief integrating palliative care with standard oncologic care, but these results were coincidental findings and have not yet been fully explored.

Hospitalizations in Advanced Cancer: What Makes Patients Stay or Come Back

Hospitalizations in Advanced Cancer: What Makes Patients Stay or Come Back

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Investigators conducted a study involving more than 1000 patients with advanced cancer to assess the factors that contribute to prolonged hospital stays and increased risk for readmissions.

Walking Improves Quality of Life in Patients with Advanced Cancer

Walking Improves Quality of Life in Patients with Advanced Cancer

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Simply walking for 30 minutes 3 times a week has significant impact on symptom severity and ability to cope, as well as quality of life, for patients with advanced cancer.

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.

Methylnaltrexone Linked to Improved Survival in Advanced Cancer

Methylnaltrexone Linked to Improved Survival in Advanced Cancer

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Treatment with methylnaltrexone was associated with improved overall survival in patients with advanced cancer.

Advanced Cancer Patients Often Unaware That They Are More Optimistic About Their Prognosis Than Their Oncologists

Advanced Cancer Patients Often Unaware That They Are More Optimistic About Their Prognosis Than Their Oncologists

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Most patients with advanced cancer report far more optimistic expectations for survival prognosis than their oncologists because patients misunderstand their oncologists' clinical judgment.

Poor Sleep Quality Negatively Impacts Some Adverse Effects in Patients With Advanced Cancer

Poor Sleep Quality Negatively Impacts Some Adverse Effects in Patients With Advanced Cancer

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Patients participating in early-phase clinical trials should be assessed for sleep quality, as poor sleep quality is associated with greater fatigue, symptom burden, and mood disturbance.

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Depression, Anxiety in Family Caregivers

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Depression, Anxiety in Family Caregivers

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A recent study examined depression and anxiety among family caregivers of patients with incurable cancer and sought to identify factors linked to these symptoms.

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.

Treatment Goals Separate From Life Goals Among Patients With Advanced Cancer

Treatment Goals Separate From Life Goals Among Patients With Advanced Cancer

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Patients with advanced cancer view life goals as distinct from and less important than treatment goals, according to a recent study.

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