SWHPN 2017 Conference Reflection

By Abigail LatimerAlthough I have three years of hospice clinical social work, I am only six months into my career with inpatient palliative care. I learned aboutSWHPN (Social Work Hospice&Palliative Care Network) and quickly applied and received the scholarship to attend the conference. It was beyond any previously held expectation and I left in awe of the work that is being done from around the country and world. As I sat next to great leaders like Dr. Grace Christ, Terri Altilio, LCSW and Shirley Otis-Green, LCSW, OSW-C (to name a few) I felt humble and as Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW and Susan Hedlund, LCSW, OSW-C described during their accidental leadership presentation, I thought to myself “oops, maybe I am not supposed to be here!”The week was full of encouragement to pursue research and take advantage of leadership opportunities with strategies and words of advice to guide you. We heard from Andrew MacPherson who reminded us to stay calm, there are positive conversations in Washington and time is on our side regarding changes with the ACA. We were reassured the calls to legislators and other political leaders helps and to keep “demonstrating the hell out of it” to see change. Myra Christopher and Susan Hedlund approached the all too familiar topic of PAD, reminding us to support our patients first and remember there are “good people on both sides of the debate.” Agreeing we all want to see changes in the way we provide care...
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ConclusionsThe emergence of new drugs for mCRPC has improved treatment options dramatically. Currently, systemic treatment options for mCRPC include hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radionuclide therapy as well as bone-modifying agents and palliative or supportive measures. Further, new genetically targeted agents (PARP inhibitors and PD-1 inhibitors) are on the horizon for certain subsets of biomarker-selected patients. The best strategies for patient selection and optimal sequential use to achieve the longest cumulative survival improvement and to prevent early resistance remain unclear.Patient summaryT...
Source: European Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
We report two very sick patients who were referred to our cardiac center for intervention to relieve vertical vein (VV) obstruction. Due to hemodynamic instability and associated morbidity, the decision in our combined meeting is to go for interventional cardiac catheterization.
Source: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
To provide updated surgical trends of cartilage procedures differentiated by the classic groups of palliative, repair, and restorative modalities.
Source: Arthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Authors: Mu F, Liu T, Zheng H, Xie X, Lei T, He X, Du S, Tong R, Wang Y Abstract Although surgery and high‑dose radiotherapy have been the standard treatments for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), these therapies are palliative, due to the high risk of local relapse. Emerging evidence has demonstrated that DNA double‑strand break (DSB) repair serves a critical role in resistance to radiotherapy. Previous studies have revealed that mangiferin possesses anti‑neoplastic effects on human lung adenocarcinoma and ovarian cancer. The present study aimed to investigate the role of mangiferin in radio‑sensitivity inhum...
Source: Oncology Reports - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncol Rep Source Type: research
This article should lead you to talk to your trauma surgeons and/or orthopedists to develop a routine palliative care or hospice consultation for these patients.Robert Arnold, MD is a palliative care doctor at the University of Pittsburgh and a co-founder ofVitalTalk (@VitalTalk). He loves both high and low brow comedy (The Good Place and Nanette), pop culture (the National Enquirer and Pop Culture Happy hour) and music of all kinds (not opera tho!) You can find him onTwitter at @rabob. MorePallimed posts from Bob Arnold can be found here. Morejournal article reviews can be found here. References1. Berry SD,...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: arnold dementia journal article nursing home pallimed writing group surgery trauma Source Type: blogs
This report describes a patient with aortic compromise from a retroperitoneal sarcoma that was successfully managed with the use of an aortic stent graft. The patient subsequently developed recurrent gastrointestinal hemorrhage which was managed with cryoablation.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Special Letter Section Source Type: research
by Ben Skoch (@skochb)As someone new to the field of hospice and palliative medicine, I recognize that “The Four Things That Matter Most” by Ira Byock has been around for some time. As I sit down to write this review, I ’m reminded of ajoke from comedian Jim Gaffigan when he referenced people who want to talk about movies many years after they are released. That being said, the book was new to me as I picked through the 10th Anniversary Edition, and it ’s easy to see why this book could easily have many more anniversary editions in the coming years. I was indirectly nudged to read this work while on...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: book review Byock skoch Source Type: blogs
Publication date: September 2018Source: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements, Volume 10, Issues 3–4Author(s): Mansour Mostefa Kara, Olivier Villemain, Mathilde Meot, Olivier Raisky, Damien BonnetObjectiveAfter complete repair, the long-term outcome difference between tetralogy of Fallot without pulmonary atresia (TOF) and tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia (TOF-PA) without MAPCAs is scarcely described.MethodsWe performed a retrospective study on patients with a diagnostic of TOF and TOF-PA without MAPCAs who underwent complete repair between 1995 and 2016 in our center.ResultWe reviewed 960 patient...
Source: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Purpose of review Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors (PARPi) are approved drugs for the treatment of ovarian and breast cancer and currently under investigation for the treatment of prostate cancer and other malignancies with aberrations in homologous recombination DNA repair. This review summarizes literature published during 2017 concerning the relevance of PARPi in prostate cancer and presents new evidence on mechanisms of resistance and biomarkers of response. Recent findings The approval of several PARPi (olaparib, rucaparib, and niraparib) has driven the focus of anticancer treatment on synthetic lethality...
Source: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Tags: RENAL AND UROLOGICAL PROBLEMS: Edited by Fred Saad Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: For initial palliation of patients with PA VSD or TOF with severe PS, not only shunt operation but also RV-PA connection approach can provide an acceptable outcome. To select the most proper surgical strategy, we recommend thorough evaluation of cardiac anomalies such as RVOT and PA morphologies and consideration of the patient's condition. PMID: 30032587 [PubMed]
Source: Korean Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Korean J Pediatr Source Type: research
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