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Palliative chemotherapy fails to improve quality of life near death

July 24, 2015

Palliative chemotherapy did not improve quality of life near death for patients with end-stage cancer who had a moderate or poor performance status and worsened quality of life near death for patients with a good performance status, according to study findings.

“This study demonstrates that palliative chemotherapy does not appear to palliate symptoms even in the most robust patients who can tolerate chemotherapy,” Holly G. Prigerson, PhD, director of the Cornell Center for Research on End-of-Life Care at Weill Cornell Medical College, said in a press release. “It raises the question about the rationale for such aggressive, burdensome care.”

In the Journals

Earlier palliative care consultation may reduce hospital cost, length of stay

June 29, 2015
Early palliative care consultation for patients with advanced cancer during an admission to a hospital may reduce costs and lengths of stay, according to findings from a…
Institution Notes

Academy of hospice, palliative medicine presents lifetime achievement award

June 26, 2015
Michael H. Levy, MD, PhD, director of the pain and palliative care program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, received the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative…
Mikkael A. Sekeres In the Journals

Older patients with AML underutilize end-of-life care

June 10, 2015
Older patients with acute myeloid leukemia seldom received hospice services and palliative care at the end of life, according to the results of a retrospective…
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Charles D. Blanke, MD In the Journals

Palliative chemotherapy fails to improve quality of life near death

July 24, 2015
Palliative chemotherapy did not improve quality of life near death for patients with end-stage cancer who had a moderate or poor performance status…
In the Journals

Earlier palliative care consultation may reduce hospital cost, length of stay

June 29, 2015
Early palliative care consultation for patients with advanced cancer during an admission to a hospital may reduce costs and lengths of stay…
Institution Notes

Academy of hospice, palliative medicine presents lifetime achievement award

June 26, 2015
Michael H. Levy, MD, PhD, director of the pain and palliative care program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, received the American Academy of Hospice and…
Mikkael A. Sekeres In the Journals

Older patients with AML underutilize end-of-life care

June 10, 2015
Older patients with acute myeloid leukemia seldom received hospice services and palliative care at the end of life, according to the results of a…

When should palliative care be integrated into cancer care?

May 11, 2015
Palliative care should be integrated into cancer care during any cancer stage and in patients at any age. Palliative care is commonly confused with…

What is end-of-life care?

May 8, 2015
End-of-life care for people with cancer consists of continued physical, mental and emotional care provided after medical testing and treatment is…
In the Journals

Clinical data indicate patient-specific risks for chemotherapy-related hospitalization

April 30, 2015
Individual patient clinical data available in electronic health records may predict the risk for palliative chemotherapy-related hospitalization…
David A. Fleming, MD In the Journals

End-of-life care discussions can lead to more thoughtful use of CPR

April 9, 2015
In a recently released position paper, leading internists are urging physicians to have honest end-of-life discussions with patients —…
Marie A. Bakitas DNSc, CRNP In the Journals

Early initiation of palliative care offers benefits to patients, family caregivers

April 8, 2015
Early initiation of palliative care for patients with advanced cancer may not only improve their survival, but also reduce the depression and stress…

What is palliative care?

April 1, 2015
Palliative care — also known as supportive care or symptom management — is administered at the time of diagnosis of a serious illness…
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