Telehealth is a valuable tool for delivering early palliative care to patients with cancer, especially for particularly vulnerable populations such as those with advanced disease.
Palliative care is not only meant to provide pain control and complex symptom management for patients with cancer; it also facilitates discussions regarding future directions of care for patients, giving them more control over their quality of life.
In patients undergoing radiation therapy for painful bone metastases, results from a multicenter randomized trial suggest that pain management education may reduce pain intensity. According to data presented at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, controlled pain, which was defined as a pain score lower than 5 (out of 10), was reached faster and by more patients with the addition of nurse-led pain education compared with standard of care. However, no significant differences were found between the groups in quality of life.
A recent survey by Consumer Reports shows that nearly 90% of Americans would prefer to die at home, focused on comfort, and yet, two-thirds of Americans over the age of 65 years end up dying in a healthcare setting, intubated, and in considerable pain.
“Collusion in communication is a big issue in oncology,” stated Mellar Davis, MD, Director of Palliative Care Services at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Dr Davis spoke at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC). “It is the elephant in the room.”
A combined Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at The Ohio State University (OSU) James Cancer Hospital provides fellows with a core curriculum to promote quality cancer care from diagnosis to end of life.
Recent approvals of several checkpoint inhibitors across multiple cancer settings have brought more than just new and improved treatments to the clinic.
Although symptom management is a cornerstone of high-quality cancer care, according to data presented at the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, clinicians often miss the incidence of patients’ symptoms or underestimate their magnitude.
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