Looking Forward to #hpm Chats in 2017

InJuly 2010, Christian and I had a conversation about finding ways to bring people together online to connect, collaborate and learn more about topics in hospice and palliative care. We had seen some fascinating discussions with#hcsm, the health care social media community and decided to launch the#hpm chat as a weekly interdisciplinary discussion of issues in hospice and palliative care. I never imagined how this idea would develop into such a vibrant community where caregivers, doctors, nurses, social workers, volunteers and people with a variety of experiences have joined in to discuss topics on our weekly conversations.Thehealthcare hashtag project launched that Fall which bloomed into an awesome resource for learning about various healthcare communities, conferences and conversations.The #hpm chat community taught us early that online communities are powerful, meaningful and had impact beyond online relationships. What often started as a “Twitter Buddy,” turned into cross-border(and cross-specialty) friendships that may have started on online, but eventually, led to phone calls, dinners, parties, coffee meetings and rich dialogues about ways we can work as a community to advance public understanding of issues in #hpm as well as drive progress within the field.The relationships that have been built over the years have been well beyond people specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. I have fond memories of hopping on the phone withJody Schoger about the...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Source Type: blogs

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Women with metastatic breast cancer often receive many lines of palliative chemotherapy, which might be beneficial but also harmful. Still, little is known about the patients ’ perception of the patient-doctor communication regarding late lines of non-curative treatment.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsPatients with MBC experience a broad range of physical health problems that limit their ability to be physically active. While preferences vary strongly, patients with MBC would value the availability of high quality, PT-guided, tailored exercise programs.
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
By CHADI NABHAN MD, MBA, FACP Some books draw you in based on a catchy title, a provocative book jacket, or familiarity with the author. For me, recollections of medical school primers written by the renowned lymphoma pioneer Vincent DeVita Jr. and my own path as an oncologist immediately attracted me to “The Death of Cancer.” I felt a connection to this book before even reading it and prepped myself for an optimistic message about how the cancer field is moving forward. Did I get what I bargained for? Co-authored with his daughter, Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, DeVita brings us back decades ago to when he had jus...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Care Books Physicians Book Review Chadi Nabhan Chemotherapy Oncology randomized controlled trials The Death of Cancer Vincent DeVita Source Type: blogs
This report aims to increase awareness of OIH, a clinical phenomenon which remains poorly understood and probably under recognised. PMID: 30592628 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy - Category: Palliative Care Tags: J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother Source Type: research
AbstractIn an effort to improve participation of younger breast cancer survivors in end of life (EOL) discussions and planning, this study evaluated the impact of The Shady Pink Elephant EOL educational series on participants ’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards palliative care and EOL wishes. Data was gathered at baseline (pre survey and registration) following each event (post survey) and 6 months after the series as intervention (post survey). A total of 36 women with breast cancer, averaging 40 years of age, participated in the first online event, 24 in the second and 22 in the third. A tot...
Source: Journal of Cancer Education - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Following a string of media reports revealing the harm caused by NHS charging to Doctors of the World patients and others, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) have today joined together to call for a suspension of the charging regulations pending an independent review.   In doing so, they’ve joined other voices, including the British Medical Association Council Chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul and Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, who have ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news
Conclusion: The results of our study demonstrate a high effectiveness of ECT in the treatment of cutaneous metastasis from breast cancer. This method, although used for palliative treatment, brings a significant improvement in the quality of life of patients.Oncol Res Treat
Source: Oncology Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Our preliminary data demonstrate that ozone therapy is a valid supportive therapy for fatigue in cancer patients, both during cancer therapy and in a palliative setting with no significant side effects. PMID: 30536352 [PubMed - in process]
Source: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci Source Type: research
AbstractBackground.Folate level was proposed to be a predictor for fluoropyrimidine‐related toxicity. We conducted a prospective study to determine the association between serum and red‐cell folate and capecitabine‐related toxicity in patients with colorectal cancers.Materials and Methods.Eligibility criteria included diagnosis of colorectal cancers; eligible patients who were scheduled to undergo capecitabine monotherapy or capecitabine‐oxaliplatin (CAPOX) for adjuvant or palliative purposes. Exclusion criteria included concomitant radiotherapy or chemotherapy other than capecitabine or CAPOX and creatinine clearance
Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Review, Breast Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Source Type: research
Source: Vascular Health and Risk Management - Category: Cardiology Tags: Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy Source Type: research
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