Early Palliative Care Can Lessen Hospital Stays, Improve Well-Being

It is never too early for a patient diagnosed with mesothelioma — or most any cancer — to start consulting with a palliative care specialist, according to a recent study. The message from researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston: The sooner, the better. Results from the study show early palliative care referrals and outpatient referrals were associated with fewer hospitalizations, emergency room visits, intensive-care admissions and hospital deaths compared to those on an inpatient basis. Palliative care focuses on pain relief, symptom reduction and quality of life improvement, and it’s usually recommended for patients with a poor diagnosis or a late-stage cancer. David Hui, M.D., oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center and one of the study’s authors, told Asbestos.com that palliative care is often neglected or delayed, unnecessarily depriving cancer patients of valuable and available resources, researchers said. "Earlier palliative care is generally a good thing," said Hui, who is also one of the nation's leaders in palliative care research. "There is more and more evidence to support the need for it, and the benefits that come from it." Study Revealed Significant Differences Researchers published the study titled, “Early outpatient referral to palliative care services improves end-of-life care,” in the July/August edition of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The study included 36...
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ConclusionsThe onset of a second primary tumour was related with the primary treatment given; thus the risk for those treated with radiotherapy and androgen deprivation therapy more than doubled.ResumenIntroducción y objetivosLa aparición de segundos tumores primarios en pacientes con cáncer de próstata de alto riesgo debe tenerse en cuenta en la evolución natural de la enfermedad. Nuestro objetivo es evaluar la influencia del tratamiento primario con intención curativa de dichos pacientes en el desarrollo de segundos tumores primarios.Material y métodosEstudio retrospectivo...
Source: Actas Urologicas Espanolas - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 December 2018Source: Actas Urológicas Españolas (English Edition)Author(s): J.M. Cózar, B. Miñana, F. Gómez-Veiga, A. Rodríguez-Antolín, GESCAP GroupAbstractAimsTo describe the 3-year progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS) and disease-specific mortality in the prospective prostate cancer GESCAP cohort, as well as the progression to castration resistance in patients on hormone therapy.Material and methodsProspective, observational, epidemiological, multicentre study. Of the 4087 patients recruited, 3843 were evaluable. The...
Source: Actas Urologicas Espanolas - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe diagnostic performance of CB in patients with at least one previous negative biopsy was 44%, increasing according to the PI-RADS grade, and low in PI-RADS 3. No clinical variable predictive of cancer was found in patients with PI-RADS 3.ResumenIntroducciónEvaluación de la efectividad de la biopsia cognitiva (BC) en los pacientes con sospecha clínica de cáncer de próstata (caP) y al menos una biopsia negativa (BTR).Material y métodoAnálisis retrospectivo de 144 pacientes con al menos una BTR y una resonancia magnética nuclear (RMN) previa. Los nód...
Source: Actas Urologicas Espanolas - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Background: Suicide attempts (SA) and other types of self-harm (SH) are strong predictors of death by suicide in adolescents, emphasizing the need to investigate therapeutic interventions in reduction of these and other symptoms. We conducted an upd...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Dimensions of irritability and defiant behavior, though correlated within the structure of ODD, convey separable developmental risks through adolescence and adulthood. Irritability predicts depression and anxiety, whereas defiant behavior is a precursor to...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Background: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a complex psychiatric condition with different subtypes and etiologies. Exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACE) is an important risk factor for the development of MDD later in life. Evidence sug...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Suicide is the third most common cause of death among adolescents globally, and poisoning is the leading method of attempted suicide. Survival after self-poisoning or drug overdose (OD) is common, providing an opportunity for secondary prevention. The aim ...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to include youth, parents, researchers, and clinicians in the identification of feasible and acceptable strategies for teen suicide screening in the pediatric emergency department (ED). METHODS: Concept mapp...
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BACKGROUND: Caring for self by maintaining emotional well-being is important for pre-registration nursing students if they are to graduate as confident and competent health professionals. PURPOSE: The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to id...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news
Suicide and attempted suicide are major public health concerns. In recent decades, there have been many welcome developments in understanding and preventing suicide, as well as good progress in intervening with those who have attempted suicide. Despite the...
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