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AAP issues new guidance on end-of-life decision-making for children

August 28, 2017
The AAP has issued new recommendations based on ethical considerations and available scientific evidence to help clinicians and other interested…

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Palliative care reduces aggressive treatment of advanced cancer

August 22, 2017
Exposure to palliative care considerably reduced health care utilization among Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancer, according to…

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Do-not-resuscitate order increases likelihood of dying in preferred location

August 14, 2017
Patients had a significantly greater chance of achieving their preferred place of death with advance care planning that included a documented…

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ASCO updates antiemetic guidelines for cancer treatment

July 31, 2017
An expert panel recommended two new anti-nausea medications and offered updated recommendations to improve chemotherapy- and radiation-induced nausea…

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Palliative care in ESLD increasing despite socioeconomic, ethnic barriers

June 29, 2017
From 2006 to 2012, researchers observed an increased use of palliative care in patients with end-stage liver disease, according to a recently…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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Longer-interval zoledronic acid dosing noninferior to standard dosing for bone metastases

January 3, 2017
A 12-week treatment interval of zoledronic acid for bone metastases from breast cancer, prostate cancer or multiple myeloma did not increase the…

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End-of-life discussions held at ‘astounding’ infrequency

December 20, 2016
Ninety-five percent of patients with advanced cancer have an insufficient understanding of their prognosis and are ill-equipped to make informed…