According to a recent study, symptom burden tends to be high among hospitalized patients with advanced cancer, which leads to increased use of health care resources. READ MORE
Lower levels of health literacy are associated with a higher risk for hospital admissions and higher total days spent in the hospital for patients with cancer.
A recent study examined whether early specialist palliative care for patients recently diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma positively impacted quality of life measures.
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.
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.
Research in Review
Better symptom management and readily available outpatient care for patients with cancer can reduce emergency department visits that do not require admission by as much as 53%.
Specialized pediatric palliative care resulted in lower intensity end-of-life care for pediatric patients with cancer, although general palliative care did not.
Survivors of cancer with fear of cancer recurrence may be effectively treated with a blended therapeutic approach involving face-to-face and online sessions.
Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine provides a model for adopting palliative care practices into their solid tumor oncology service that results in significant increases in hospice referrals and decreases in readmission rates and chemotherapy receipt postdischarge.