Patients' and Oncologists' Views on Family Involvement in Goals of Care Conversations

ConclusionsPatients and oncologists have similar views about family involvement in GoC conversations. Learning how to communicate with family members should be a critical component of physician education in palliative care.
Source: Psycho-Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

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Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
This study was highlighted in theGeriPal Top 25 articles in HPM.- Ed.)Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Oral Docusate in the Management of Constipation in Hospice Patients. Tarumi et al. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2013: 45(1), 2-13.Palliative care fellows may wonder about their attendings fixation on bowel movements. It may be because we do not ask medical students to disimpact patients any more or because, given the lack of ambulatory care many residents do, they do not see it as a big deal (Constipation a GREAT topic for those of us who like puns and dad jokes).For patients, how...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: arnold constipation docusate geripal top 25 pallimed writing group senna Source Type: blogs
There is a need to improve the assessment of emotional functioning (EF). In the international Advance Care Planning: an Innovative Palliative Care Intervention to Improve Quality of Life in Cancer Patients - a Multi-Centre Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial (ACTION) trial involving patients with advanced cancer, EF was assessed by a customized 10-item short form (EF10). The EF10 is based on the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) EF item bank and has the potential for greater precision than the common EORTC Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 30 four-item scale (EF4).
Source: Value in Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
by Karla Washington (@comokarwash)I entered graduate social work education in 1998. St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire broke the single-season home run record that year. Hearings were held regarding the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and C éline Dion released a duet with R. Kelly, forming a collaboration that probably sounds preposterous to most people younger than 25. On the technology front, social media as we know it today was years away (Mark Zuckerberg was only 14). Google itself was less than a year old. Its corporate headquart ers were in a garage.Fast forward to 2018. I used Google to obt...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: social work social worker The profession washington Source Type: blogs
ConclusionsTeleoncology experiences in SSAs suggest the importance of identifying best practices for each local setting. Tailored teleoncology projects should be integrated into whole oncological services to amplify screening, diagnosis, therapies, and palliative care.
Source: Journal of Cancer Policy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Cancer Medicine - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
AbstractMetastases with soft tissues invasion, impending fractures or spinal cord compression (complicated bone metastases) represent a common clinical problem in advanced cancers and frequently lead to deterioration of patients ’ quality of life (QoL). A phase I–II study was planned to define the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of a short-course radiotherapy (RT) and its efficacy in palliation of complicated bone metastases. A phase I trial was designed with three dose-escalation steps: 16, 18, and 20 Gy. Total dose at e ach level was delivered in 2 days, twice daily. Eligibility criteria were painful compli...
Source: Clinical and Experimental Metastasis - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusions: Current trial eligibility criteria are often strict and limit the enrolment of patients in clinical trials. Our results suggest that, depending on the chosen drug, its toxicities and tolerability, eligibility criteria could be carefully reviewed and relaxed. PMID: 30111974 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Current Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Curr Oncol Source Type: research
Authors: McGee SF, AlGhareeb W, Ahmad CH, Armstrong D, Babak S, Berry S, Biagi J, Booth C, Bossé D, Champion P, Colwell B, Finn N, Goel R, Gray S, Green J, Harb M, Hyde A, Jeyakumar A, Jonker D, Kanagaratnam S, Kavan P, MacMillan A, Muinuddin A, Patil N, Porter G, Powell E, Ramjeesingh R, Raza M, Rorke S, Seal M, Servidio-Italiano F, Siddiqui J, Simms J, Smithson L, Snow S, St-Hilaire E, Stuckless T, Tate A, Tehfe M, Thirlwell M, Tsvetkova E, Valdes M, Vickers M, Virik K, Welch S, Marginean C, Asmis T Abstract The annual Eastern Canadian Gastrointestinal Cancer Consensus Conference 2017 was held in St. John'...
Source: Current Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Curr Oncol Source Type: research
Preparing for a good death is an important and meaningful concept in Chinese culture because people hope to know residual life to make effort for their unfinished business. However, the family of terminally ill patients with cancer may be annoyed and frustrated about unexpected bereavement if they have unresolved conflicts with the loved one, missing a chance for declaring love, untimely apologizing and saying goodbye. The study aimed to explore this difficult issue. The medical records of 121 deceased terminally ill patients with cancer at National Cheng Kung University Hospital between December 2010 and February 2012 wer...
Source: Holistic Nursing Practice - Category: Nursing Tags: Features Source Type: research
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