Hospice Care

Data Collection Improves Patient Outcomes in Hospice, Palliative Care

Data Collection Improves Patient Outcomes in Hospice, Palliative Care

Routine data collection and feedback at point-of-care improves most patient outcomes in hospice and palliative care.

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.

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.

Early Palliative Care Does Not Increase Costs in Patients with Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

Early Palliative Care Does Not Increase Costs in Patients with Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

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Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium: Palliative care for non-small cell lung cancer may not increase healthcare costs in the last 30 days of life.

Hospice Care Has No Effect on Terminal Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Hospice Care Has No Effect on Terminal Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Findings among older patients with terminal ovarian cancer receiving hospice care.

For Patients with Ovarian Cancer at End of Life, Paradoxical Increase in Use of Intensive Medical Services and Hospice

For Patients with Ovarian Cancer at End of Life, Paradoxical Increase in Use of Intensive Medical Services and Hospice

Despite an increase in the use of hospice, the use of costly services for patients with ovarian cancer also increased.

Factors in Late Hospice Admission for Cancer Identified

Factors in Late Hospice Admission for Cancer Identified

Late admission more likely for younger patients, married men, hematologic malignancies.

Diarrhea and Patients With Cancer

Diarrhea and Patients With Cancer

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Diarrhea is a treatment symptom as common as hair loss but with deadlier implications.

Palliative Care Integration and Expertise Are Pressing Goals for Oncologists

Palliative Care Integration and Expertise Are Pressing Goals for Oncologists

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There is still more work to be done to ensure that palliative care is understood.

'Truly Personalized Medicine' Emphasizes Value—Not Cost—of Cancer Care

'Truly Personalized Medicine' Emphasizes Value—Not Cost—of Cancer Care

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With the cost of cancer care rising, an ASCO task force has been established to create a framework for assessing relative value of cancer treatment.

Palliative Care Goes to Washington

Palliative Care Goes to Washington

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New legislation aims to mandate action on an important aspect of cancer care.

End-of-Life Palliative Chemotherapy: More Harm Than Good?

End-of-Life Palliative Chemotherapy: More Harm Than Good?

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Many patients believe that palliative chemo is curative treatment, so oncologists need to have important end-of-life discussions early in the course of cancer care.

Palliative Chemo for Terminal Cancer Tied to Death in ICU

Palliative Chemo for Terminal Cancer Tied to Death in ICU

Terminally ill cancer patients receiving chemotherapy at the end of life are at increased risk of dying in an ICU, according to a new study.

Palliative Care Improved by Hospital Staff Training

Palliative Care Improved by Hospital Staff Training

A hospital staff education intervention can improve several processes of palliative care in the inpatient setting.

Many GI Cancer Hospitalizations Are Avoidable

Many GI Cancer Hospitalizations Are Avoidable

About one-fifth of hospitalizations among patients with advanced gastrointestinal cancer are potentially avoidable.

PDH Inhibitor Achieves High Response Rate in Advanced Hematologic Malignancies

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Researchers see high response rate with first-in-class PDH inhibitor CPI-613.

Palliative Care Workshops Help Oncologists Communicate

Palliative Care Workshops Help Oncologists Communicate

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The American Cancer Society is hosting live workshops about how patients' quality of life is improved when the palliative care conversation starts early.

Targeted Therapies May Improve Survival in Patients with Ovarian Cancer

Targeted Therapies May Improve Survival in Patients with Ovarian Cancer

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New cancer therapies and statins demonstrate efficacy in treating and perhaps even preventing ovarian cancer recurrence.

Terminal Patients With Religious Support Receive Less Hospice Care

Terminal Patients With Religious Support Receive Less Hospice Care

Terminally ill patients who are well supported by religious communities use less hospice care and receive more aggressive medical interventions near death.

Death with Dignity: 'Well Accepted by Patients, Families, and Staff'

Death with Dignity: 'Well Accepted by Patients, Families, and Staff'

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Do patients with incurable cancer have the right to decide when to end their own lives?

Palliative Care: The Benefits of Early Integration into the Oncology Care Plan

Palliative Care: The Benefits of Early Integration into the Oncology Care Plan

The topic of palliative care is no longer just an end-of-life discussion.

Hospice and the Oncology Patient: Why So Much Confusion?

Hospice and the Oncology Patient: Why So Much Confusion?

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Varying definitions of the goals of hospice care and difficulty finding an appropriate program may confuse patients and their families.

Practice Type May Incentivize Administration of Chemotherapy, Growth Factors

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Oncologists in a fee-for-service practice or paid a salary with productivity incentives were more likely to report their income would increase when they administer chemotherapy or growth factors than their salaried colleagues.

Administering Chemo Ups Income for Non-Salaried Oncologists

Administering Chemo Ups Income for Non-Salaried Oncologists

More research needed to understand impact of financial incentives on cost, quality of care.

Clinicians Need Spiritual Care Training to Meet National End-of-Life Guidelines

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Spiritual care—viewed by patients, nurses, and physicians as an important, appropriate, and beneficial component of end-of-life care—is infrequently provided by clinicians due primarily to lack of training, a study concluded in the Journal of Clinical Oncology online December 17.

Parenteral Hydration No Benefit for Cancer Care in Hospices

Parenteral Hydration No Benefit for Cancer Care in Hospices

In advanced cancer, parenteral hydration does not improve symptoms, QoL, or overall survival.

Use of RT for Palliative End-of-Life Cancer Care 'Deserves Further Study'

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The proportion of US elderly patients dying of cancer who receive radiation therapy (RT) in the last month of life is low.

Guidelines for Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Emphasize Quick Action, Honest Communication

Guidelines for Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Emphasize Quick Action, Honest Communication

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The American Thyroid Association's independent Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Guidelines Taskforce published the first comprehensive guidelines for anaplastic thyroid cancer this month.

End-of-Life Discussions Lead to Greater Hospice Use, Less Aggressive Care

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Early end-of-life discussions are associated with less aggressive care and greater use of hospice at the end of life.

Early Palliative Care Intervention Improves Satisfaction with Care, Prevents Decline in QOL in Patients with Metastatic Disease

Early Palliative Care Intervention Improves Satisfaction with Care, Prevents Decline in QOL in Patients with Metastatic Disease

This CME activity from ASCO 2012 describes the benefits of early palliative care in patients with metastatic cancer.

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