This article reviews the ways in which palliative care and oncology teams can collaborate to provide high-quality care to patients and their families; it also provides practical tips for oncologists who wish to initiate primary palliative care for their patients.
Palliative and Supportive Care
The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy and Fast Track designation to GC4419, for reduction of severe oral mucositis caused by radiation therapy.
In a Belgian study, integration of palliative care as part of cancer care increased the quality of life of patients with advanced malignant solid tumors.
The early integration of oncology and palliative care enhanced coping strategies and improved QOL for patients newly diagnosed with incurable lung or GI cancer.
Participating in a palliative care consultation significantly decreased healthcare use of Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancer at the end of life.
In both primary care and oncology settings, screening patients for sleep-wake disturbances comorbid with cancer and their daytime consequences can reduce the economic burden of untreated sleep problems.
A meta-analysis has found that exercise and psychological interventions were best at reducing cancer-related fatigue and were more effective than pharmaceutical options.
Men with painful bone metastases from prostate cancer may be able to achieve clinically meaningful improvements in pain and quality of life as early as 10 days after undergoing radiotherapy.
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Acupressure, a technique derived from acupuncture, helped improve sleep and relieved chronic fatigue experienced by women treated for breast cancer.