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Caregiving family members

Caregiving Not As Bad For The Health As Previously Believed

For decades, articles in research journals and the popular press alike have reported that being a family caregiver; but takes a toll on a person’s health, boosting levels of inflammation and weakening the function of the immune system. Now, after analyzing 30 papers on the levels of immune and inflammatory molecules in caregivers; Johns Hopkins…

Home Care

Govt Looking To Expand Home Care Based Palliative Care Services

As part of the its efforts on the ‘uberisation‘ of healthcare, the government is looking to expand home care-based palliative care services, says Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye. Dr Lee said when palliative care medicine was recognize as a medical subspecialty in 2008, the government has churn out 11 palliative care specialists. He…

Unbearable suffering

Euthanasia Debate Raises Awareness Over Palliative Care Challenges

The End of Life Choice bill allows for people in unbearable suffering or with an incurable, grievous condition to ask a doctor to help end their life. A select committee has considered the legislation but could not agree on whether to recommend that it become law. The Aotearoa committee chair of the Australia and New…

Incurable Cancer

Persons Living With Incurable Cancer a Growing, Neglected Group

People with metastatic incurable cancer are living longer, thanks to better treatments, including immuno therapies and tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), yet few studies have addressed the non biomedical needs and challenges of this rapidly growing population. Unfortunately, the research community failed to study and address the psychological, social, spiritual, and financial impact of living for…

Cervical Cancer

Older Women Have The Highest Risk Of Dying From Cervical Cancer

Denmark has one of highest incidences of cervical cancer in the Western world. But once a person has turn 65, they are no longer automatically screen even though older women are, in fact, the cohort with the highest mortality. This is show by new research from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital. Cervical cancer has…

Patients With Disability

Doctors Unclear On Legal Obligations In Caring For Patients With Disability

The law of obligations is one branch of private law under the civil law legal system and so-called “mixed” legal systems. It is the body of rules that organizes and regulates the rights and duties arising between individuals. The specific rights and duties are refer to as obligations, and this area of law deals with their creation, effects and…

Incurable Cancer

Complex Challenges For Patients With Protracted Incurable Cancer

Advances in oncology have resulted in protracted disease trajectories in incurable cancer patients. Accordingly, it is sometimes argued that some forms of cancer seem to be turning into a chronic disease. Surprisingly, little information is available as yet about experiences with protracted incurable cancer. Studies focusing on the last phase of life or on advance…

Palliative care

Multilevel Model Of Stigma And Barriers To Cancer Palliative Care In India

Palliative care coverage and opioid consumption in India are relatively low compared with global data. The literature suggests commonplace concealment and collusion in withholding information; but these hypotheses lack evidence. Low-income and middle-income (LMIC) are predicted to bear 70% of global cancer cases by 2030. As LMIC industrialise, cancer incidence is predict to rise five…

Palliative Care

Palliative Care Should Start At Diagnosis For HSCT Patients

Patients who require hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) should be introduce to palliative care at the point of diagnosis to be able to provide care that includes their personal as well as clinical needs. This was the view put forward by Barry Quinn, PhD, Director of Nursing for Cancer and Palliative Care at Barts Health NHS Trust,…

Hospital Deaths

Bereavement Service May Help Curb Legal Action After Hospital Deaths

Hospital bereavement services that are led by senior doctors and nurses and the person responsible for quality and safety may help to curb patient complaints and legal action in the wake of a difficult death, suggest the results of a pilot study, carried out at one NHS hospital trust and published online in the journal BMJ…

Cannabis

People With And Without Cancer Use Different Dosages Of Cannabis

People with and without cancer are more likely, over time, to use a more potent form of medical marijuana with increasingly higher amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a new study shows. In a report publishing in the Journal of Palliative Medicine on March 26, researchers say that cancer patients were more likely to favor forms of medical marijuana…

Palliative radiotherapy

Palliative Radiotherapy Near The End Of Life

More than half of patients treat with radiotherapy (RT) are treat with palliative intent. RT has well establish utility for pain palliation from bone metastases; which may be use to improve neurological function or prevent further neurological compromise in patients with brain or spinal cord metastases, and can be use to alleviate symptoms due to…