News tagged ‘EndOfLife’ clear
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Dana-Farber researchers find end-of-life conversations between doctors
and patients could lower national healthcare expenditures by millions of
dollars a year.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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