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Naoto Ueno, MD, PhD, on Best Practices for Palliative Care for Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer

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By: Jeff Minerd From: medpagetoday.com “Practical and specific” guide for general oncologists about providing supportive care when specialists are unavailable Palliative care specialists are not always available in everyday practice, and it often falls to general oncologists to assess palliative care needs. Oncologists must therefore be familiar with the requirements and priorities for primary supportive care — a topic recently …

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Breaking down barriers to care for metastatic breast cancer patients

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From: Elaiza Torralba From: ucla.edu UCLA team recommends state-level policy changes to improve health insurance coverage, participation in clinical trials and access to palliative care Drawing on a series of studies and interviews with patients and caregivers, UCLA researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have published recommendations for California policymakers and patient …

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Palliative Care for Metastatic Breast Cancer

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From: healthline.com The goal of palliative care, also known as supportive care, is to reduce the symptoms related to serious illnesses like metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Palliative care doesn’t fight cancer itself, but rather addresses the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual issues people with advanced cancer may face. This type of care is usually provided by a healthcare team that …

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The Problem With Miracle Cancer Cures

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By: Robert M. Wachter From: nytimes.com I FREQUENTLY care for patients with advanced cancer. A majority have already tried some combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Many have landed back in the hospital because the cancer has returned or spread widely and left them in intractable pain or struggling to breathe. The hospital stay is often a time when patients …

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Center to Advance Palliative Care Launches Five-Year Campaign, Project Tipping Point, to Improve the Care of Serious illness by 2024

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Source: Center to Advance Palliative Care From: prnewswire.com The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is starting its 20th anniversary year with a campaign aimed at creating a tipping point in the improvement of care quality delivered to millions living with a serious illness. “People living with a serious illness such as cancer, CHF, COPD, Parkinson’s, and more, experience all …

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Routine blood test can predict survival of cancer patients in palliative care

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Source: European Society for Medical Oncology From: news-medical.net A routine blood test can predict how long cancer patients in palliative care will survive, researchers report at the ESMO Asia 2016 Congress in Singapore. “Cancer patients in palliative care want honest and accurate prognostic information but this information needs to be shared sensitively and in a way that respects their desire …

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Palliative care should be standard in cancer treatment: guideline

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Source: Reuters From: foxnews.com For patients with advanced cancer, palliative care should start early and be an integral part of treatment, not just something added on near the end of life, according to a new practice guideline from the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Expanding on a 2012 opinion, the guideline authors say that caregivers of advanced-cancer patients and …

Why is cancer care failing?

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by: Shirie Leng, MD as seen on KevinMD.com The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report on the state of cancer care in the United States.  The IOM generally knows what it’s talking about.  It’s a non-profit, non-governmental advisory group essentially.  To get on one of their advisory boards you have to be a national, if not international, expert …