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Study: Few terminal cancer patients fully understand their condition

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | May 25, 2016

A study of 178 patients with advanced cancer found only 5% had enough knowledge about their illness to make informed medical decisions, researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, although those who had recently had end-of-life conversations with a doctor had a better understanding of their prognosis. The patients were studied before and after they had medical scans and discussions about the tests with their physicians, and data showed that prior to the scans, only nine knew they were in the late stages of an incurable cancer. HealthDay News (05/23) ABC News (05/23)


Rotella: End-of-life talks are about empowering patients

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | May 25, 2016

Survey shows palliative care lacking for heart patients

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | May 27, 2016

Need help explaining hospice and palliative medicine?

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | May 25, 2016

Hospice choirs bring comfort to patients, family, caregivers

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | May 25, 2016

FIELDS program studies how wording affects patient choices

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | May 27, 2016

Physician home-visit program reduces Medicare costs

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | May 25, 2016

Cervical cancer guideline addresses treatment, palliative care

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | May 27, 2016

Children who are family caregivers need support

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | May 25, 2016

CMS releases 2016-2017 action plan for SNFs

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | May 27, 2016


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