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Lack of transfusion capabilities linked to underuse of hospice for blood cancers

May 22, 2017

Hematologic oncologists appeared to value hospice but may be concerned about the adequacy of services like transfusion for patients with blood cancers, thus limiting referrals, according to study results published in Cancer.

“Our findings are important as they shed light on factors that are potential barriers to hospice referrals,” Oreofe O. Odejide, MD, instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said in a press release. “These findings can be employed to develop targeted interventions to address hospice underuse for patients with blood cancers.”

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April 12, 2017
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Physician-aided deaths continue to rise in Oregon

April 6, 2017
The number of prescriptions written for physician-aided deaths in Oregon has increased annually since it became the first state to enact the Death with Dignity Act in…
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Early palliative care benefits children with cancer

March 9, 2017
Pediatric oncology patients with high degrees of symptom-related suffering appeared more likely than their parents to acknowledge the benefits of early
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Lack of transfusion capabilities linked to underuse of hospice for blood cancers

May 22, 2017
Hematologic oncologists appeared to value hospice but may be concerned about the adequacy of services like transfusion for patients with blood…

Patient education pivotal when recommending palliative care

April 12, 2017
Patients with cancer who are educated about the benefits of palliative care are more likely to consider incorporating it into their treatment…

In the Journals Plus

Physician-aided deaths continue to rise in Oregon

April 6, 2017
The number of prescriptions written for physician-aided deaths in Oregon has increased annually since it became the first state to enact the Death…

In the Journals Plus

Early palliative care benefits children with cancer

March 9, 2017
Pediatric oncology patients with high degrees of symptom-related suffering appeared more likely than their parents to acknowledge the benefits of…

In the Journals Plus

Early palliative care may improve quality of life in patients with lung, gastrointestinal cancers

February 25, 2017
Early integration of palliative care for patients with newly diagnosed incurable gastrointestinal and lung cancers improved quality of life, reduced…

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Single 8-Gy radiotherapy dose reduces pain from bone metastases

February 9, 2017
Patients with one or two painful bone metastases reported pain reduction after treatment with a single 8-Gy dose of radiotherapy, according to a…

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Obesity associated with lower-quality end-of-life care

February 7, 2017
High BMI is a risk factor for reduced hospice use, increased in-home death and greater Medicare expenditures in the 6 months before death, according…

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Hospice improves end-of-life care for patients with lung, colorectal cancers

January 20, 2017
Families of patients with lung cancer or colorectal cancer reported that their family member had improved end-of-life care and better symptom relief…

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Early palliative care improves satisfaction with care among caregivers

January 13, 2017
Caregivers of patients with advanced cancers demonstrated higher satisfaction with care after early palliative care referrals, according to a…

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Greater PCP involvement in end-of-life planning may lead to lower Medicare spending, less intensive patient care

January 12, 2017
If primary care physicians become more involved in the management of chronically ill patients near the end of their lives, it could lower Medicare…

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