Palliative Care

December 2020 Vol 11, No 12 | December 4, 2020
Telehealth is a valuable tool for delivering early palliative care to patients with cancer, especially for particularly vulnerable populations such as those with advanced disease.
April 2020 Vol 11, No 4 | April 9, 2020
Most people have heard of palliative care, but few truly know the meaning. Palliative care is related to, but not the same as, hospice care.
September 2019 Vol 10, No 9 | September 9, 2019
Palliative care is not only meant to provide pain control and complex symptom management for patients with cancer; it also facilitates discussions regarding future directions of care for patients, giving them more control over their quality of life.
February 2018 Vol 9, No 2 | February 15, 2018
In patients undergoing radiation therapy for painful bone metastases, results from a multicenter randomized trial suggest that pain management education may reduce pain intensity. According to data presented at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, controlled pain, which was defined as a pain score lower than 5 (out of 10), was reached faster and by more patients with the addition of nurse-led pain education compared with standard of care. However, no significant differences were found between the groups in quality of life.
February 2018 Vol 9, No 2 | February 15, 2018
A recent survey by Consumer Reports shows that nearly 90% of Americans would prefer to die at home, focused on comfort, and yet, two-thirds of Americans over the age of 65 years end up dying in a healthcare setting, intubated, and in considerable pain.
September 2017 Vol 8, No 9 | August 31, 2017
“Collusion in communication is a big issue in oncology,” stated Mellar Davis, MD, Director of Palliative Care Services at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Dr Davis spoke at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC). “It is the elephant in the room.”
September 2017 Vol 8, No 9 | August 31, 2017
A combined Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at The Ohio State University (OSU) James Cancer Hospital provides fellows with a core curriculum to promote quality cancer care from diagnosis to end of life.
November 2016 Vol 7, No 10 | November 2, 2016
Recent approvals of several checkpoint inhibitors across multiple cancer settings have brought more than just new and improved treatments to the clinic.
November 2016 Vol 7, No 10 | November 2, 2016
Although symptom management is a cornerstone of high-quality cancer care, according to data presented at the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, clinicians often miss the incidence of patients’ symptoms or underestimate their magnitude.
November 2016 Vol 7, No 10 | November 2, 2016
For many patients with advanced melanoma and lung cancer, checkpoint inhibitors have been a godsend, helping to extend survival to previously unthinkable lengths.
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