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End-of-Life Care

End-of-Life Care

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.

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.

If we can successfully initiate advance care planning discussions with our patients and families, their end-of-life processes will improve, resulting in better care, less use of the hospital, and more honoring of newly discerned choices.


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