Palliative Care

Palliative care consultation linked to reduced direct hospital costs

The current study was a meta-analysis of available data which evaluate the change in direct healthcare costs associated with early palliative care consultation.

Socioeconomic Status May Preclude Elderly Patients From Receiving Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Socioeconomic Status May Preclude Elderly Patients From Receiving Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

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The adjusted OR for receiving any treatment was 0.33 among patients living in an area where at least 20% of the population was below the poverty line.

Spontaneous Regression of Cancer: Explanations and Predictions

Spontaneous Regression of Cancer: Explanations and Predictions

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Clifford Pukel, MD, discusses from an immunological standpoint the mysterious phenomenon of spontaneous regression.

Factors Associated With Hospice Enrollment Among Patients With Hematologic Cancers

Factors Associated With Hospice Enrollment Among Patients With Hematologic Cancers

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Availability of important services and adequacy of care are among the factors explaining low numbers of patients with hematologic cancers being referred for hospice care.

ASCO: Integration of Palliative Care Guidelines Updated

ASCO: Integration of Palliative Care Guidelines Updated

The American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline on the integration of palliative care into standard oncology care has been updated.

Integrating Palliative Care Early Improves QOL of Patients With Incurable Cancer

Integrating Palliative Care Early Improves QOL of Patients With Incurable Cancer

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The early integration of palliative care shortly after diagnosis of some incurable cancers improves both a patient's coping abilities and overall quality of life.

"Mystery Shopper" Study Identifies Barriers to Palliative Care Access

"Mystery Shopper" Study Identifies Barriers to Palliative Care Access

Despite the availability of palliative and supportive care at major cancer centers, patients may encounter barriers to accessing these services.

Early Palliative Care Beneficial for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

Early Palliative Care Beneficial for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

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The introduction of palliative care shortly after a patient is diagnosed with cancer is associated with improved quality of life.

Continuous Deep Sedation Viable for Advanced Cancer Patients in Palliative Setting

Continuous Deep Sedation Viable for Advanced Cancer Patients in Palliative Setting

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Continuous deep sedation (CDS) should be considered a viable option for patients with advanced cancer being cared for in a palliative setting.

CINV Among Topics Presented at Palliative Care Symposium

CINV Among Topics Presented at Palliative Care Symposium

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Olanzapine, an antipsychotic, significantly improves nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients, according to results of a phase 3, randomized trial.

Study Identifies Opioid Rotation Ratio When Prescribing Transdermal Fentanyl

Study Identifies Opioid Rotation Ratio When Prescribing Transdermal Fentanyl

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The median opioid rotation ratio (ORR) from the oral morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD) to transdermal fentanyl in milligrams per day was 0.01.

Outcomes of Patients With Delirium Admitted to Acute Palliative Care Unit Assessed

Outcomes of Patients With Delirium Admitted to Acute Palliative Care Unit Assessed

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Patients with advanced cancer and delirium at an acute palliative care unit (APCU) had a poorer survival rate.

Rates for Palliative Care Consultation Low Regardless of Race, Ethnicity

Rates for Palliative Care Consultation Low Regardless of Race, Ethnicity

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Rates of inpatient palliative care consultation remain low and occur close to death irrespective of race/ethnicity.

ASCO Updates Metastatic Lung Cancer Therapy Guideline to Include Targeted Agents, Early Palliative Care

ASCO Updates Metastatic Lung Cancer Therapy Guideline to Include Targeted Agents, Early Palliative Care

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ASCO updates the metastatic lung cancer guideline to include the early integration of palliative care for patients with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer.

Understanding End-of-Life Care Among Adolescents, Young Adults with Cancer

Understanding End-of-Life Care Among Adolescents, Young Adults with Cancer

Most adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer received medically intensive end-of-life (EOL) care measures.

Examining Advance Care Planning's Role in End-of-Life Care Decisions

Examining Advance Care Planning's Role in End-of-Life Care Decisions

Between 2000 and 2012, use of durable power of attorney increased significantly but no association established with end-of-life care decisions.

Experts Form Consensus on Indicators of Integration of Oncology, Palliative Care Programs

Experts Form Consensus on Indicators of Integration of Oncology, Palliative Care Programs

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International experts reached consensus on the makeup of integration of oncology and palliative care.

Early Palliative Care Linked with Lower Hospital Cost

Early Palliative Care Linked with Lower Hospital Cost

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Earlier palliative care consultation is associated with lower cost of hospital stay for patients with advanced cancer.

Gender Disparity in Receipt of End-of-Life Care

Gender Disparity in Receipt of End-of-Life Care

There are gender differences in receipt of end-of-life (EoL) care among terminally ill cancer patients.

Threading the cloak: palliative care education for care providers of adolescents, young adults with cancer

Threading the cloak: palliative care education for care providers of adolescents, young adults with cancer

[Clinical Oncology in Adolescents and Young Adults] Integration of palliative care at the time of diagnosis enables a supportive partnership with the medical team.

Early Initiation of Palliative Care Improves 1-Year Survival

Early Initiation of Palliative Care Improves 1-Year Survival

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Early initiation of concurrent palliative oncology care improved 1-year survival compared with delayed initiation.

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.

For Localized Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer, High-Dose Palliative Radiotherapy is Effective

For Localized Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer, High-Dose Palliative Radiotherapy is Effective

High-dose palliative radiotherapy (HDPRT) is efficacious and safe for the treatment of localized castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC).

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

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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

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

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.

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

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

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

Clinical Decision Support Technology Improves Symptom Management for Patients with Lung Cancer

Clinical Decision Support Technology Improves Symptom Management for Patients with Lung Cancer

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Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium: Clinical decision support using symptom assessment, management intervention improved lung cancer outcomes.

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