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News tagged ‘EndOfLife’ clear

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers report findings from a nationwide study that suggest that advanced lung or colorectal cancer patients are frequently mistaken in their beliefs that chemotherapy can cure their disease.

Tags: BasicResearch, EndOfLife

  • A new study of racial disparities in end-of-life (EOL) care suggests improved communication could close a current gap in how black and white cancer patients' treatment preferences are honored.

Tags: EndOfLife, Disparities

  • Black patients with advanced cancer were more likely than whites to die in a hospital intensive care unit, reflecting a greater preference among blacks for life-extending treatment even in the face of a terminal prognosis, according to a study led by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Tags: EndOfLife

  • Jane deLima Thomas, MD, a palliative care physician and associate director of the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is one of five U.S. physicians to receive the 2013 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award.

Tags: EndOfLife, Honors

  • Study finds caregivers are at higher risk for posttraumatic stress disorder when patients with advanced cancer die in a hospital or ICU setting than at home.

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  • Dana-Farber researchers find end-of-life conversations between doctors and patients could lower national healthcare expenditures by millions of dollars a year.

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  • Advances in pain and palliative care for adults have been significant in the past decade due in part to increased recognition, support and use by caregivers and patients. While acknowledging that lessons from adults can be borrowed to help pediatric patients, an international team of pediatric palliative care specialists is also calling for increased research to address children's differing physical, psycho-social and clinical needs.

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  • Researchers found that patients whose doctors and nurses support their spiritual needs have better quality of life near death and receive less aggressive end-of-life medical care.

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  • More than two-thirds of adolescents and young adults dying of cancer utilized one or more aggressive interventions in the last month of life, according to a retrospective study published in JAMA Oncology. The findings suggest the need for more research into whether patients have been adequately supported to contemplate their end-of-life options or whether the pattern reflects their well-considered wishes.

Tags: EndOfLife, PopulationScience

  • A study led by Jennifer Mack, MD, MPH, suggests that many terminally ill cancer patients do talk with a doctor about their preferences for end-of-life care, but those conversations often occur late in the course of their illness and tend to be with a hospital-based physician and not their oncologist who has been caring for them.

Tags: EndOfLife, PatientEducation, PatientSupport

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