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Cost of hospital-based end-of-life care high for elderly with brain tumors

June 22, 2017

Hospital-based end-of-life care for elderly patients with malignant brain tumors is associated with up to $16,000 in expenses, according to a research letter published in JAMA Oncology.

“These findings underscore the need for interventions that facilitate earlier communication about common illness trajectories and care preferences in the brain tumor population — specifically, discussions about how and where the patient would like to manage a foreseeable neurologic decline,” Laura L. Dover, MD, from the department of radiation oncology at University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues wrote.

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Polypharmacy increases significantly during end of life

June 8, 2017
Older patients are often prescribed potentially futile drugs during their last 12 months of life, thus clinical guidelines are needed to aid physicians in deciding to…
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Single-dose radiotherapy should be standard for metastatic spinal canal compression

June 2, 2017
CHICAGO — Patients with metastatic spinal canal compression who received a single radiation dose achieved ambulatory status and OS comparable to those who received…
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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…
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Cost of hospital-based end-of-life care high for elderly with brain tumors

June 22, 2017
Hospital-based end-of-life care for elderly patients with malignant brain tumors is associated with up to $16,000 in expenses, according to a…

In the JournalsPerspective

Polypharmacy increases significantly during end of life

June 8, 2017
Older patients are often prescribed potentially futile drugs during their last 12 months of life, thus clinical guidelines are needed to aid…

Meeting NewsPerspective

Single-dose radiotherapy should be standard for metastatic spinal canal compression

June 2, 2017
CHICAGO — Patients with metastatic spinal canal compression who received a single radiation dose achieved ambulatory status and OS comparable…

In the Journals Plus

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…

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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…

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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…

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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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