Many brain tumor patients do not receive adequate end-of-life care

While more than 60 percent of patients with the brain tumors called malignant gliomas enroll in hospice services, almost a quarter of them do so within a week of death, probably too late for patients and family members to benefit from hospice care. A study by a research team from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center also … Continue reading Many brain tumor patients do not receive adequate end-of-life care

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Palliative care initiated in the emergency department is associated with improved quality of life

A palliative care consultation initiated in the emergency department (ED) for patients with advanced cancer was associated with improved quality of life and did not seem to shorten survival, according to an article published online by JAMA Oncology. ​ Visits to the ED are common for patients with advanced cancer and it is during these visits … Continue reading Palliative care initiated in the emergency department is associated with improved quality of life

Patients with advanced, incurable cancer denied palliative care

Many patients with advanced, incurable cancer do not receive any palliative care, reveals new research to be presented later this month at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain, 26-30 September. The findings are astonishing as they come at the same time as 15 new oncology centres in Europe, Canada, South America and Africa are … Continue reading Patients with advanced, incurable cancer denied palliative care

Many patients in cancer centers may not experience a dignified death

A new study that surveyed physicians and nurses in hospitals within cancer centers in Germany suggests that many patients there do not experience a dignified death. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates the need for cancer centers to invest more in palliative care services, adequate rooms … Continue reading Many patients in cancer centers may not experience a dignified death

Social network may improve care for cancer patients

Several chemotherapy patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will be invited to use tablets with a unique social networking tool as part of their treatment plan. Researchers at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hope to prove that mobile health technology improves the care experience for patients as well … Continue reading Social network may improve care for cancer patients