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End-of-Life Care

End-of-Life Care

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.

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.


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