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Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
UWE Bristol selected to develop Patient Centred Outcome Measures

UWE Bristol selected to develop Patient Centred Outcome Measures

The University of the West of England has been chosen as one of seven new sites to develop Patient Centred Outcome Measures (POCMs) by NHS England. The new centres will mean that children and young people will play a more active role in deciding which outcomes are important to them. [More]
New study indicates that cancer patients rarely push for unnecessary tests, treatments

New study indicates that cancer patients rarely push for unnecessary tests, treatments

Physicians often blame patient demands for contributing to high medical costs, however, a new study involving more than 5,000 patient-clinician visits indicates that cancer patients rarely push for unnecessary tests and treatments from their health care providers. [More]
Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care receives CoC accreditation

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care receives CoC accreditation

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, a premier cancer center that provides patient-centered care for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, today announced that it has received Three-Year Accreditation with Silver Level Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. [More]
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute funds 17 community projects to decrease impact of cancer on Oregonians

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute funds 17 community projects to decrease impact of cancer on Oregonians

The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University awarded $462,656 to 17 projects statewide as part of the first round of funding offered through its Community Partnership Program. The program's goal is to address community-identified needs to ultimately decrease the impact of cancer on Oregonians. [More]

NHPCO forms new council to address underutilization of hospice care in diverse populations

As Americans celebrate Black History Month, hospice professionals acknowledge that hospice utilization within African American communities is disproportionately low. [More]
New article assesses 40 years of intensive effort to improve end-of-life care

New article assesses 40 years of intensive effort to improve end-of-life care

After four decades of work - first on patients' rights, then on family and caregiving relationships, and most recently on systemic reform -- we now know that it will take additional efforts in all three areas to improve care at the end of life, concludes an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
New study reveals eight highly specific physical signs associated with death in cancer patients

New study reveals eight highly specific physical signs associated with death in cancer patients

While the diagnosis of an impending death is always sad, it can be important for patients, families, and clinicians as they make decisions related to hospital discharge, hospice referral, and treatments. Now a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, has revealed eight highly specific physical signs associated with death within three days in cancer patients. [More]
Virginia Hospital Center joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Virginia Hospital Center joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Mayo Clinic and Virginia Hospital Center today announced Virginia Hospital Center as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration. Members of the network have access to Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to give their patients additional peace of mind when making health care decisions while continuing to offer the highest quality and value of care close to home. [More]
Researchers identify physical, cognitive signs associated with imminent death in patients with cancer

Researchers identify physical, cognitive signs associated with imminent death in patients with cancer

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified eight highly specific physical and cognitive signs associated with imminent death in cancer patients. The findings, published in the journal Cancer, could offer clinicians the ability to better communicate with patients and families. [More]
Lung cancer surpasses breast cancer as the biggest cancer killer for women in developed countries

Lung cancer surpasses breast cancer as the biggest cancer killer for women in developed countries

A new analysis led by researchers at the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer finds lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in females in developed countries. [More]
Pfizer, Avon Foundation for Women reveal Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program recipients

Pfizer, Avon Foundation for Women reveal Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program recipients

Today, Pfizer Inc. and the Avon Foundation for Women are proud to announce the first-ever recipients of the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program: Identify-Amplify-Unify. [More]
BMG Pharma S.R.L Grants The Exclusive Distribution Rights For Gelx® Oral Gel And Gelx® Spray For The Treatment Of Oral Mucositis In Cancer Patients To FERRER INTERNACIONAL S.A.

BMG Pharma S.R.L Grants The Exclusive Distribution Rights For Gelx® Oral Gel And Gelx® Spray For The Treatment Of Oral Mucositis In Cancer Patients To FERRER INTERNACIONAL S.A.

BMG Pharma S.r.l. today is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with FERRER INTERNACIONAL S.A., granting them the rights to promote, sell and market its own product GelX for the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Russia and North Africa. [More]
Signostics gets FDA 510k clearance for handheld bladder scanner

Signostics gets FDA 510k clearance for handheld bladder scanner

Medical device company, Signostics, announced today it has clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to launch the SignosRT Bladder, the company’s new hand-held bladder scanner. [More]
Trastuzumab drug improves long-term survival of patients with HER-2 positive breast cancer

Trastuzumab drug improves long-term survival of patients with HER-2 positive breast cancer

VCU Massey Cancer Center physician-researcher Charles E. Geyer, Jr., M.D., was the National Protocol Officer for one component of a large national study involving two National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials that demonstrated that trastuzumab significantly improves the long-term survival of HER-2 positive breast cancer patients. [More]
WHO reviews health services in Ebola-affected countries

WHO reviews health services in Ebola-affected countries

On 10-11 December 2014, Ministers of Health and Finance of Ebola-affected countries, international organizations and development partners assembled for a high-level meeting on how to strengthen systems of health in Ebola-affected countries and agreed on what needs to be done to rebuild and strengthen essential health services in these countries. [More]

Hospice of the Western Reserve, Hospice of Dayton partner to provide quality care for all Ohioans

Ohio's two largest hospice care providers - Hospice of the Western Reserve and Hospice of Dayton - have announced a collaborative initiative to ensure delivery of the highest quality of care for all Ohioans. The partnership will focus on creating best practice standards for hospice and palliative care, proactively sharing quality data, benchmarking performance to continuously improve care delivery and creating the most skilled workforce. [More]
UTHealth opens Trauma and Grief Center for Youth

UTHealth opens Trauma and Grief Center for Youth

Children who are having difficulty processing trauma or loss can now turn to the Trauma and Grief Center for Youth at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. [More]
Use of HF-WBI for patients with early-stage breast cancer increases 17.4%, study finds

Use of HF-WBI for patients with early-stage breast cancer increases 17.4%, study finds

The use of hypofractionated whole-breast irradiation (HF-WBI) for patients with early-stage breast cancer increased 17.4 percent from 2004 to 2011, and patients are more likely to receive HF-WBI compared to conventionally fractionated whole-breast irradiation (CF-WBI) when they are treated at an academic center or live ≥50 miles away from a cancer center, according to a study published in the December 1, 2014 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. [More]
New study compares characteristics of hospice patients in nursing homes and community settings

New study compares characteristics of hospice patients in nursing homes and community settings

As hospice for nursing home patients grows dramatically, a new study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research compares the characteristics of hospice patients in nursing homes with hospice patients living in the community. The study also provides details on how hospice patients move in and out of these two settings. [More]
Scientists seek to improve stem cell transplant outcomes using DNA sequencing, mathematical modeling

Scientists seek to improve stem cell transplant outcomes using DNA sequencing, mathematical modeling

Is the human immune system similar to the weather, a seemingly random yet dynamical system that can be modeled based on past conditions to predict future states? Scientists at VCU Massey Cancer Center's award-winning Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program believe it is, and they recently published several studies that support the possibility of using next-generation DNA sequencing and mathematical modeling to not only understand the variability observed in clinical outcomes of stem cell transplantation, but also to provide a theoretical framework to make transplantation a possibility for more patients who do not have a related donor. [More]