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Palliative and Supportive Care

Palliative and Supportive Care

Early palliative care in cancer patients led to an improvement in depressive symptoms and quality of life among family caregivers.

The FDA has approved the first single-dose intravenous NK1 receptor antagonist, fosaprepitant dimeglumine (Emend), for the treatment of nausea and vomiting that can accompany the use of moderately and highly emetogenic chemotherapy.

In this interview we discuss the use of video to facilitate shared decision-making in the palliative care setting and improve patient understanding regarding goals of care.

A drug commonly given to cancer patients to relieve opioid-induced constipation is capable of slowing tumor growth and may play a role in developing new drug therapies.

Palliative care should be provided with cancer care early in the course of illness for all patients with advanced disease, according to a new guidance statement from ASCO and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

A novel program combining radiation oncology with palliative care in patients with painful bone metastases increased the use of proven treatments while maintaining pain management, decreased palliative radiation use, and decreased hospital length of stay.

Almost 40% of patients undergoing palliative radiotherapy to treat symptomatic bone metastases experienced pain flare, according to an observational study.

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