PallOnc 2016

 
 
 

Session at the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, © ASCO/Todd Buchanan 2016

The 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium took place September 9-10 in San Francisco, California.

 

Effects of caring for advanced cancer patients

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Published: 09/13/16

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J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom
©ASCO/Todd Buchanan 2016

Family caregivers of patients with high-mortality cancers may often experience high levels of depression and anxiety, results of a survey suggest. The survey showed that caregivers can spend more than 8 hours a day providing care. And as caregiving time increases, self-care behaviors such as sleep and exercise decline, which may confer poorer mental health. These findings were presented at 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium. [Read Article]

Study reveals barriers to accessing palliative care services

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Published: 09/12/16

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Kathryn Hutchins
©ASCO/Todd Buchanan 2016

Patients may face challenges when trying to access palliative and supportive care services at cancer centers, a new study suggests. Researchers took a “mystery shopper” approach and placed calls to cancer centers inquiring about palliative and supportive care services for a family member. The callers sometimes had difficulty obtaining information about these services, even though all of the centers offer them. [Read Article]

Cancer patients’ caregivers may carry greater burden

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Published: 09/11/16

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Erin Kent, PhD
©ASCO/Todd Buchanan 2016

New research suggests caring for a loved one with cancer may be more burdensome than caring for a loved one with a different condition. Researchers analyzed data from “Caregiving in the U.S. 2015,” an online panel study of unpaid adult caregivers. The team compared cancer and non-cancer caregivers to determine similarities and differences in characteristics and experiences. The findings were presented at the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium. [Read Article]

Improving communication between cancer pts and docs

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Published: 09/10/16

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Ronald M. Epstein, MD
©ASCO/Todd Buchanan 2016

Results of the VOICE study showed that training advanced cancer patients and their oncologists on how to communicate resulted in more clinically meaningful discussions between the parties. However, these discussions did not significantly improve patients’ understanding of their prognosis, have a significant impact on their quality of life or end-of-life care, or significantly improve the patient-physician relationship. [Read Article]

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