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Palliative Care

The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA spoke with Salimah H. Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN, a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, about her various roles and thoughts on what is exciting in the field of palliative care.

According to the review of approximately 300,000 patients by Sikander Ailawadhi, MD, Oncologist, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, and colleagues, there was also significant heterogeneity in practice patterns across all characteristics studied.

Adult hospice and palliative care patients with hyperactive delirium symptoms who were given risperidone or haloperidol had greater delirium symptoms at 72 hours than those given placebo.
Advance care planning (ACP) continues to be a vital part of comprehensive, patient-centered cancer care, but barriers to uptake and implementation remain.
At the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, the message was clear and emphatic: caregivers should be viewed as both co-deliverers and co-recipients of healthcare services.

Aggressive end-of-life care for patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses is costly and not recommended.

Early intervention utilizing a team approach is important to successful palliative care, agreed a multidisciplinary panel convened at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 21st Annual Conference.
Boston, MA-Family- and patient-related factors were identified as the most significant barriers to early end-of-life discussions, as well as to the timely discontinuation of cancer-directed therapies in the palliative setting, according to the results of a multicenter survey of oncologists in Ontario, Canada.
Boston, MA-In the keynote lecture at the recent Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, Howard L. McLeod, PharmD, discussed advances in personalized medicine as they relate to palliative care, as well as the challenges that remain within the realm of cancer care.
Boston, MA-When a parent has cancer, children can experience an array of psychosocial changes, according to Paula K. Rauch, MD. However, providing parents with the guidance they need to converse and interact with their children at the end of life can alleviate the entire family's suffering, and is an important aspect of palliative care.
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