Christine Zawistowski

Palliative Care

Strategies to help physicians ease their patients’ physical and emotional pain.

Palliative Care

Pediatric palliative care: A year in review for oncologists

HemOnc Today, January 10, 2014
Christine A. Zawistowski, MD
At the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in October, researchers presented preliminary results showing that patients…
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Journals help patients maintain focus, explore feelings during life-changing illness

HemOnc Today, November 25, 2013
Christine A. Zawistowski, MD
I am always looking for tools to help patients focus on what is really important to them.
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Bereavement and grief: What every oncologist should know

HemOnc Today, April 25, 2013
Christine A. Zawistowski, MD
A medical student recently approached me to help with a seminar on grief and bereavement. The first-year medical students had been doing rotations…
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Performance scales can help physicians, families of pediatric cancer patients make informed decisions

HemOnc Today, June 25, 2012
Christine A. Zawistowski, MD
Despite recent advances in pediatric oncology, approximately 25% of children diagnosed with cancer will die of their disease. Even when patients…
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Words matter when clinicians discuss palliative care with patients

HemOnc Today, May 25, 2012
Stephanie Harman, MD, FACP
 Last month’s Supportive & Palliative Care column by Biren Saraiya, MD, highlighted a recent ASCO position paper that…
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New standards guidelines provide palliative care road map for practices

HemOnc Today, April 25, 2012
Biren Saraiya , MD
As health care evolves, the ability to provide evidence-based, guideline-supported cancer care will be important for all of us. ASCO recently…
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Barriers can affect patient–clinician communication about palliative care

HemOnc Today, March 25, 2012
I have been consulted on multiple occasions to evaluate terminally ill patients for depression and denial of their advanced disease. In many of…
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Resources available to help health care professionals provide palliative care to children

HemOnc Today, February 10, 2012
Christine A. Zawistowski, MD
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ position statement on pediatric palliative care puts forth as one of its recommendations that all…
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Innovations in caring for the patient with advanced cancer

HemOnc Today, January 10, 2012
Stephanie M. Harman, MD, FACP
When I hear the word “innovation,” too often it is associated only with a technological wonder, such as a new stent or catheter. This…
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Guidelines can help identify unmet palliative care needs

HemOnc Today, December 10, 2011
Biren Saraiya, MD
In past entries of this column, we have written a lot about what palliative care is, the skills that are required to deliver it and the…