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Hospice Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer Has Significant Impact on Quality of Life

Hospice Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer Has Significant Impact on Quality of Life

Patients enrolled in hospice care had lower rates of healthcare utilization, and their costs for care were less during their last year of life.

Worse Quality of Life for Older Patients with Multiple Myeloma, Pancreatic Cancer

Worse Quality of Life for Older Patients with Multiple Myeloma, Pancreatic Cancer

Poor health outcomes for many survivors, especially survivors of multiple myeloma, pancreatic cancer.

Many American Patients Receive Hospice Care Too Late

Many American Patients Receive Hospice Care Too Late

A third of patients beginning palliative care die within a week.

Coping Strategies Common for Cancer-Related Financial Distress

Coping Strategies Common for Cancer-Related Financial Distress

Most cancer patients use lifestyle-altering strategies and about 40 percent adopt care-altering strategy.

Patients Undergoing Oophorectomy Benefit from Half-Day Educational Program

Patients Undergoing Oophorectomy Benefit from Half-Day Educational Program

Half-day educational program can successfully help women deal with issues caused by an oophorectomy.

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Nurses Collaborate to Facilitate Shared Decisions on Palliative Sedation

Nurses Collaborate to Facilitate Shared Decisions on Palliative Sedation

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—A multidisciplinary approach that also heavily incorporates input from patients and their families helped alleviate concerns about inappropriate use of palliative sedation and improved patient-centered care, a speaker said at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Pain Remains Prevalent in Ambulatory Cancer

Pain Remains Prevalent in Ambulatory Cancer

Inadequate pain management, baseline pain severity linked to pain deterioration

Duloxetine Effective at Reducing Chemotherapy Pain

Duloxetine Effective at Reducing Chemotherapy Pain

Duloxetine is effective in reducing pain in patients with painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, especially in those receiving drug as initial treatment.

Opioid Prescriptions Underprescribed for Severe Pain in Elderly Patients with Cancer

A Canadian study has identified factors associated with opioid prescriptions for severe pain in the elderly: younger age, male sex, comorbid illness, type of cancer, and assessment at home, results of a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology published online February 27 has found.

Intrathecal Therapy Cost-Effective for Patients with Cancer Pain Who Have a Favorable Life-Expectancy

In selected patients with cancer pain on high-cost conventional regimens, intrathecal therapy may become cost-effective as early as seven months following implant, and greater duration of therapy is associated with reduced costs.

Many American Patients Receive Hospice Care Too Late

Many American Patients Receive Hospice Care Too Late

A third of patients beginning palliative care die within a week.

Burnout Found in Most Palliative Care Clinicians

Burnout Found in Most Palliative Care Clinicians

Greatest risk of burnout in palliative care for younger doctors and those working more than 50 hours per week.

Limited Time for Discussion, Limited Access to Secondary Supports Among Barriers to Palliative Care

Limited Time for Discussion, Limited Access to Secondary Supports Among Barriers to Palliative Care

Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium: Limited time, support, and case management among barriers that hinder ability to provide palliative care.

Mindfulness Improves Cancer-Related Quality of Life and Decreases Emotional Stress

Mindfulness Improves Cancer-Related Quality of Life and Decreases Emotional Stress

Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium: Dispositional mindfulness may promote flourishing when confronting cancer.

Researchers Identify Elements, Approaches, and Techniques of Early Palliative Care

Researchers Identify Elements, Approaches, and Techniques of Early Palliative Care

Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium: Clinicians utilize six key elements, four longitudinal approaches and three specific techniques.

Research Sheds Light on Cachexia, Further Studies Needed to Implement Treatment Strategies

Research Sheds Light on Cachexia, Further Studies Needed to Implement Treatment Strategies

Blocking the effects of parathyroid hormone-related protein may improve or prevent cachexia.

Antiemetic Gains Pediatric Indication for Chemo-induced Nausea, Vomiting

Antiemetic Gains Pediatric Indication for Chemo-induced Nausea, Vomiting

Eisai and the Helsinn Group announced that the FDA has approved Aloxi (palonosetron HCl) injection for the prevention of acute nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy in children aged 1 month to less than 17 years.

Febrile Neutropenia in Children With Cancer: A Management Challenge

Febrile Neutropenia in Children With Cancer: A Management Challenge

Early outpatient management of low-risk febrile neutropenia with oral or IV antibiotics is emerging as a potential alternative to traditional prolonged IV-only therapy.

New Studies Help Better Define Cognitive Changes Due to Cancer Therapies

New Studies Help Better Define Cognitive Changes Due to Cancer Therapies

The latest research on chemobrain explores aspects of cancer treatment other than chemotherapy that may affect brain function.

The Challenge of Managing Cancer-Associated Seizures

The Challenge of Managing Cancer-Associated Seizures

Understanding the etiology of seizures in patients with cancer can be complex, and clinicians must carefully consider many factors to properly manage them.

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