A recent study examined whether early specialist palliative care for patients recently diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma positively impacted quality of life measures. READ MORE

Conferences

A two-tiered cardiac monitoring system aimed at identifying cancer survivors considered at high risk for cardiotoxic events.

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Cognitive factors such as working memory dysfunction and depression may be predictors of non-adherence in patients with cancer.

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Better communication across medical departments can lead to improved outcomes for patients with cancer.

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Supportive care most often refers to efforts such as blood transfusions, anticoagulant use, and drug management strategies.

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Interview

Benjamin Djulbegovic, MD, PhD, speaks about the need for effective entry points to discuss palliative care for patients with cancer.

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News

A recent study examined whether early specialist palliative care for patients recently diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma positively impacted quality of life measures.

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Nearly two-thirds of children and teens with terminal cancer receive intense care at the end of life, often in hospitals and intensive care units.

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Almost 50% of patients with cancer who experience severe distress miss at least one radiation therapy appointment and are admitted to the hospital during their treatment.

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A recent study examined whether inpatient palliative care during hematopoietic stem-cell transplant leads to long-term improvements in quality of life and symptom burden for patients.

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Research in Review

Patients with advanced cancer who visit the ED with delirium have increased rates of hospitalizations and ICU admissions, along with decreased survival rates.

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Results of a recent survey showed that for patients with cancer requiring palliative care, some symptoms and care needs are not strongly associated with specific diagnoses.

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Adherence to distress screening protocols could lead to 18% fewer ER visits and 19% fewer hospitalizations.

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Terminally ill patients’ understanding of their prognosis within the last six months of their life often times remain unchanged.

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Resources

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released a new guideline that outlines best practices for cancer clinicians when communicating with patients and their families.

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