Palliative Care

Chemoimmunotherapy prolongs PFS in metastatic triple-negative breast cancer

Chemoimmunotherapy prolongs PFS in metastatic triple-negative breast cancer

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A prospective analysis of patients with advanced cancer revealed the effect delirium has on palliative care and symptom management at baseline and after 7 days of treatment.

How Likely Are Oncologists to Refer for Palliative Care? Depends on Their Age

How Likely Are Oncologists to Refer for Palliative Care? Depends on Their Age

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Study shows that referrals to palliative care and time to referral are relative to the age of the treating oncologist, with higher numbers and quicker referrals among younger oncologists.

Aggressive EOL Care Negatively Impacts Care Quality, Health Costs in Metastatic Lung Cancer

Aggressive EOL Care Negatively Impacts Care Quality, Health Costs in Metastatic Lung Cancer

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Researchers determined that aggressive care at the end of life (EOL) leads to diminished quality of life, poor quality of care, and increased costs for patients with advanced lung cancer.

Culturally Sensitive Navigation Bridges Some Care Gaps for Latino Adults With Advanced Cancer

Culturally Sensitive Navigation Bridges Some Care Gaps for Latino Adults With Advanced Cancer

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Researchers explored the effectiveness of tailoring patient navigation programs to address cultural and language barriers for Latino adults with advanced cancer.

Using Palliative Care to Improve Lung Cancer Outcomes in Veterans at Risk of Suicide

Using Palliative Care to Improve Lung Cancer Outcomes in Veterans at Risk of Suicide

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In a review of data from more than 20,000 veterans, researchers determined the effects of palliative care on suicide rates among veterans with advanced lung cancer.

Senior Patients With Cancer Can Benefit From Palliative Radiotherapy

Senior Patients With Cancer Can Benefit From Palliative Radiotherapy

Researchers evaluated whether age is a predictor of pain response after radiotherapy for painful bone metastasis among 128 patients undergoing palliative radiotherapy.

Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

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Results from a study on an innovative program from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, demonstrates the potential positive effects of providing hospitalized patients with brief one-on-one art lessons.

Palliative Issues Inadequately Addressed Among Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Palliative Issues Inadequately Addressed Among Hospitalized Cancer Patients

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Consultations for palliative care for hospitalized highly symptomatic patients with cancer is low regardless of curability or whether patient has hematologic or solid cancer, a study presented at 2018 ASCO has shown.

Palliative care consultation linked to reduced direct hospital costs

1. In this meta-analysis of available studies, early palliative care consultation (PCC) for patients admitted to hospital with serious illness was associated with a reduction in direct hospital costs for that admission. 2. The reduction in direct hospital costs was greater for those patients with a cancer diagnosis and for those with 4 or more []

Impact of CONNECT Intervention on Nurses' Experiences in Palliative Care

Impact of CONNECT Intervention on Nurses' Experiences in Palliative Care

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Nurses who completed training and practiced CONNECT were interviewed to glean their perspective of the intervention on their personal and professional fulfillment. Results were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Benefits of Early Palliative Care for Cancer Extend Beyond Clinical Care

Benefits of Early Palliative Care for Cancer Extend Beyond Clinical Care

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A meta-analysis shows that earlier initiation of palliative care can effectively change patterns of care for patients with higher illness burden.

Evolving Role of Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Mesothelioma

Evolving Role of Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Mesothelioma

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Research into the potential of radiation therapy in the management of mesothelioma may improve the prognosis, and possibly extend progression-free survival, for patients with this incurable 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.

Bedside Assessment Tool Improves Worst Pain in Patients With Cancer

Bedside Assessment Tool Improves Worst Pain in Patients With Cancer

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In a 2-arm parallel group study, researchers determined the effect of implementing EPAT on pain, pain management, and opioid-related adverse effects among patients with cancer in 19 cancer centers.

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.

Balancing Early Palliative Care With Active Treatment in Advanced Breast Cancer

Balancing Early Palliative Care With Active Treatment in Advanced Breast Cancer

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An approach for incorporating palliative care into oncologic care early after diagnosis is explained in an education session at the 2017 SABCS.

The Role of the Oncology Nurse in an Effective Palliative Care Family Meeting

The Role of the Oncology Nurse in an Effective Palliative Care Family Meeting

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A palliative care family meeting is an opportunity for the significant players in a patient's cancer journey to discuss the care plan. The oncology nurse has a pivotal role in ensuring the meeting effectively addresses any potential needs of the patient, caregiver, or family.

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.

Pain Control More Easily Achieved With Nurse-Led Education in Bone Metastases

Pain Control More Easily Achieved With Nurse-Led Education in Bone Metastases

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A phase 3 study demonstrated the impact of nurse-led education on pain vs care as usual in terms of number of patients reporting pain scores.

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.

Utilization and Trends in Palliative Therapy for Stage IV Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Patients: A U.S. Population-based Study

Utilization and Trends in Palliative Therapy for Stage IV Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Patients: A U.S. Population-based Study

[Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology] This research examined patients who presented with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma at diagnosis, and their patterns of palliative care utilization.

Prevalence of Aggressive Cancer Care at End of Life Remains Unchanged

Prevalence of Aggressive Cancer Care at End of Life Remains Unchanged

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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.

Hyponatremia May Lead to Worse Symptom Severity, Frequency in Cancer

Hyponatremia May Lead to Worse Symptom Severity, Frequency in Cancer

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Patients with cancer who develop hyponatremia suffer from more symptoms with greater severity than normonatremic patients; however, no significant association was found between in-hospital mortality or length of hospital stay and hyponatremia.

Palliative Care Use Up for End-Stage Liver Disease

Palliative Care Use Up for End-Stage Liver Disease

Hispanic race and insurance coverage associated with lower referral to palliative care, data indicates.

Virtual Reality Offers New Experiences to Patients in Hospice

Virtual Reality Offers New Experiences to Patients in Hospice

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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.

Palliative Cancer Care Should Focus on Symptoms, Not Diagnoses

Palliative Cancer Care Should Focus on Symptoms, Not Diagnoses

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Results of a cross-sectional study determined that symptoms and care needs dictate palliative care needs of patients with cancer.

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

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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.

Symptom Burden Predictive of Hospital Discharge Location

Symptom Burden Predictive of Hospital Discharge Location

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Greater symptom burden in hospitalized advanced cancer patients ups the likelihood of being discharged to a post-acute care facility or hospice.

Palliative Care Improves Coping in Patients With Incurable Cancers

Palliative Care Improves Coping in Patients With Incurable Cancers

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Active coping is associated with a better quality of life and a decrease in depression symptoms, study finds.

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