Experience with the recently enacted California End of Life Option Act has shown that a high percentage of patients who requested aid-in-dying drugs in California have proceeded with ingesting the drugs. The majority of these requests were made by terminal cancer patients.
Participating in a palliative care consultation significantly decreased healthcare use of Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancer at the end of life.
Although hematologic oncologists see the value in hospice, their concerns about the adequacy of services for their patients with blood cancers may limit hospice referrals.
Use of communication coaching that included a question prompt list—or structured lists of questions given to patients prior to consultations—helped patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers to bring up topics of concern during oncology office visits.
Most metastatic cancer patients are still receiving aggressive methods of treatment near the end of life, and palliative/supportive measures are significantly underutilized.
Making the decision to die at home rather than in a hospital setting resulted in a similar or longer survival, according to the results of a study.
More than half of hematologists providing care to patients with hematologic malignancies reported initiating end-of-life conversations too late in the course of the patient’s disease.
Timothy Moynihan, MD, on ‘Death Cafés’ and the Importance of Discussing End-of-Life Issues With Your Patients
This interview discusses the importance of discussing end-of-life issues with patients.
As the lead caregiver at the bedside, the oncology nurse plays a pivotal role in preventing missteps in end-of-life care decisions and ensuring that providers carry out the wishes of patients and families.
A simple one-question tool may help oncologists more accurately predict cancer patients’ prognoses and know when to initiate end-of-life discussions.