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‘It’s About Living Better’” Repositioning Palliative Care in Hematologic Cancer

The role of palliative care is widely misperceived as a strategy reserved for patients with limited options in advanced stages…

In Palliative Care, Comfort Is the Top Priority

Last year, when an oncologist advised that Betty Chin might benefit frompalliative care, her son Kevin balked. Mrs. Chin, a…

End-Of-Life Care For Cancer Patients Can Help Bring More Value To Life

Today, on World Cancer Day, the goal is to raise awareness of the disease in order to hopefully prevent as…

A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying

One evening in the late fall, Lucien Majors, 84, sat at his kitchen table, his wife Jan by his side,…

When Your Loved One Is Ready for Hospice Care – and You Aren’t

Many painful emotional issues face family members and friends when a loved one becomes terminally ill. These include communicating the…

How to Talk to Your Children about End-of-Life Care

This period of time can be uncomfortable for all – which is why many families choose not to have the…

ED-Initiated Palliative Care Can Improve Quality of Life

Despite the fact that visits to the emergency department (ED) are common for patients with advanced cancer, delivery of palliative…

Hospice Care, Rather Than Aggressive Treatment, Found Better for End-of-Life

Families may be more satisfied with end-of-life care for loved ones dying of cancer when treatment is focused on comfort…

In India, Dispensers of Balm Travel to Death’s Door

A white van coursed through narrow roads along the monsoon-soaked coastline of Kerala, a state in southwestern India. Inside, Radha…

Ascension, University of Pennsylvania study EHR algorithms for palliative care

To help clinicians understand when palliative care orders might be most appropriate, Ascension Health is participating in an National Institutes…