The effectiveness of a novel intervention intended to reduce and/or prevent depression in patients with advanced cancer at the end of life was investigated in a randomized study with more than 300 patients.
Post-traumatic stress symptoms are linked to a greater symptom burden in hospitalized cancer patients.
In this retrospective study, researchers sought to determine the effectiveness of fentanyl for dyspnea in dying patients with advanced cancer.
Survey-based priming intervention linked to improved communication and goals-of-care discussions amongst patient-clinician pairsJune 22, 2018
1. Goals-of-care (GOC) discussions were linked to improved patient outcomes and reduction of intensity in end-of-life care. The current study demonstrated that a survey-based intervention for priming clinicians with communication strategies was linked to increase in the occurrence, documentation, and quality of GOC discussions. 2. The current study was not able to evaluate the effect 
That better informed patients can make better end-of-life decisions is well-known; however, nurse perception may be a barrier to earlier discussions. This project, presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress, sought to determine the effect of better informed nurses.
A nurse-education program focused on end-of-life care that is compassionate for all involved in the cancer continuum — patients, their families, and the nurses — led to a hospital-wide educational program, introducing extensive changes and collaboration among nurses.
What matters most to me, who matters most to me, and what do I want in my last days? Letter-writing project is a tool for patients to communicate their wishes for their last days.
A new oncology nurse reflects on the first time she provided comfort care for a patient at the end of life and her family.
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.
Modern oncologic care entails actively pursuing treatment and cure; however, at the end of life, the ability to share silence may be the best treatment.
A retrospective study of data from POGONIS evaluated the effectiveness of specialized pediatric palliative care vs general palliative care or no palliative care in pediatric patients with cancer at the end of life.
An analysis of select responses to a survey conducted by researchers from the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University identified oncology nurses' comfort level in handling end-of-life care and patient education.
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.
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.
Hospice services and effective health care strategies are underutilized by patients with AML leading to suboptimal end-of-life care.
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.
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.
Most terminally ill patients have accurate prognostic awareness of their condition and tend to become more aware as their condition deteriorates.
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.
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.
A lack of needed transfusion services was cited as why many hematologic oncologists are less likely to refer their patients with blood cancers to home hospice care.
Researchers find many still prescribed long-term disease-preventing medications
A pilot project of a protocol for optimizing care of the family at end-of-life.
Palliative care and end-of-life care are top research priorities for oncology patients and nurses.
Standardized palliative care consultations for patients with advanced cancer improved postdischarge activities and use of services.
Universal screening of women with gynecologic malignancies for early palliative care decreased the use of aggressive measures at the end of life.
Live-streamed videos are a novel and forward-thinking approach for individuals to learn about end-of-life (EOL) planning and decision-making, according a study presented at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
Studies of end-of-life (EOL) care for pediatric patients have been limited to single institutions or lacked detailed clinical data. Therefore, researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study to examine predictor of, and trends in, high-intensity EOL care in this patient population.
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.
Sociodemographic, insurance, and clinical characteristics are associated with experience with physicians and medical care among patients with cancer in their last year before death.
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