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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.
Duke researchers develop new collaborative cancer care model for patients

Duke researchers develop new collaborative cancer care model for patients

Doctors at Duke University Hospital have developed a new collaborative model in cancer care that reduced the rates at which patients were sent to intensive care or readmitted to the hospital after discharge. [More]
National nursing organizations collaborate to transform care for patients with serious illness

National nursing organizations collaborate to transform care for patients with serious illness

Three national nursing organizations today announced a collaborative effort to transform the care and culture of serious illness in the United States. [More]
Despite rise in use of hospice care, hospital-based services increase for ovarian cancer patients

Despite rise in use of hospice care, hospital-based services increase for ovarian cancer patients

There have been widespread efforts to improve the quality of life of terminally ill patients. As more patients choose to spend their final days and weeks in hospice care rather than a hospital, the hope is the use of intensive and costly hospital services would decline. [More]
Inpatient palliative care can considerably reduce readmissions, hospital costs, shows study

Inpatient palliative care can considerably reduce readmissions, hospital costs, shows study

Palliative care provided in the hospital offers known clinical benefits, and a new study shows that inpatient palliative care can also significantly lower the cost of hospitalization and the rate of readmissions. [More]
Cancer specialist outlines 10 symptoms that should never be ignored

Cancer specialist outlines 10 symptoms that should never be ignored

Patients often ask, "Doc, is this something to worry about?" Patients fear the worst yet often choose to ignore potentially deadly warning signs. [More]
Anamorelin drug safe and well tolerated in advanced non-small cell lung cancer, Phase III trial reveals

Anamorelin drug safe and well tolerated in advanced non-small cell lung cancer, Phase III trial reveals

A new drug, anamorelin, improves appetite and body mass in patients with advanced lung cancer who are suffering cancer anorexia and cachexia, according to phase III data presented at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain. [More]
Phase III trial: Rolapitant lessens chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

Phase III trial: Rolapitant lessens chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

Rolapitant reduces nausea and vomiting in patients receiving cisplatin-based chemotherapy, according to the results of a phase III trial presented for the first time today at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain. [More]

Caring Brands International acquires Australia-based Just Better Care

Caring Brands International, which includes Interim HealthCare Inc., a national network of home care, hospice and health staffing franchises founded in 1966 and known for its continuum of care in the United States, today expands its global operations with the acquisition of Australia-based Just Better Care. [More]
Helsinn to present Phase III trial data of anamorelin at ESMO Congress

Helsinn to present Phase III trial data of anamorelin at ESMO Congress

Helsinn Group, a company focused on building quality cancer care, today announces that Phase III data from the largest trial program of its kind to date in anamorelin, a novel, once-daily ghrelin receptor agonist in development for cancer-anorexia-cachexia (CACS) in non-small cell lung cancer will be presented at the 38th European Society for Medical Oncology Congress in Madrid, Spain, in 2014. [More]
Dominica Anderson named recipient of 2014 Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Patient Care

Dominica Anderson named recipient of 2014 Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Patient Care

Dominica Anderson, a nursing assistant at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is the 2014 recipient of the Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Patient Care. [More]
RT alone effective in decreasing dysphagia in patients with advanced esophageal cancer

RT alone effective in decreasing dysphagia in patients with advanced esophageal cancer

Radiation therapy (RT) alone is as effective in decreasing swallowing complications experienced by advanced esophageal cancer patients as RT combined with chemotherapy, thus allowing patients to forgo chemotherapy, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 56th Annual Meeting. [More]
Patients with COPD would like healthcare professionals to discuss palliative care needs in more detail

Patients with COPD would like healthcare professionals to discuss palliative care needs in more detail

Patients with COPD would like healthcare professionals to discuss palliative care needs in more detail, according to a new study. [More]
Many patients do not experience dignified death, say physicians in cancer centers

Many patients do not experience dignified death, say physicians in cancer centers

A new study that surveyed physicians and nurses in hospitals within cancer centers in Germany suggests that many patients there do not experience a dignified death. [More]
Majority of states not measuring up on legislative solutions that fight cancer, shows report

Majority of states not measuring up on legislative solutions that fight cancer, shows report

A majority of states are not measuring up on legislative solutions that prevent and fight cancer, according to a new report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). [More]
Researchers examine reason for patients being discharged from hospice care

Researchers examine reason for patients being discharged from hospice care

About 1 in 5 Medicare patients is discharged from hospice care alive, whether due to patients' informed choice, a change in their condition, or inappropriate actions by the hospice to save on hospitalization costs related to terminal illness. [More]
EGPAF and ACS partner to improve access to essential pain medications for HIV people

EGPAF and ACS partner to improve access to essential pain medications for HIV people

Today the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) announced a new partnership to improve access to essential pain medications for people living with HIV in Swaziland. [More]
First Edition: July 29, 2014

First Edition: July 29, 2014

Today's headlines include coverage of the latest Medicare trustee report and the details of the veterans care legislation on Capitol Hill. [More]
Study: 27% of hospice patients still take antibiotics in the final week of their life

Study: 27% of hospice patients still take antibiotics in the final week of their life

New research suggests that use of antibiotics is still prevalent among terminal patients who have chosen hospice care as an end-of-life option, despite little evidence that the medications improve symptoms or quality of life, and sometimes may cause unwanted side effects. [More]
Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can cut costs for critically ill patients

Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can cut costs for critically ill patients

Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can help cut costs for critically ill patients, finds a new study in Health Services Research. [More]
HHS grant to support new model of care for patients with complex cancer

HHS grant to support new model of care for patients with complex cancer

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a three-year grant to University Hospitals Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center totaling $4.7 million to support a new national model aimed at improving care for patients with complex cancer. [More]