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E-mail alerts remind docs to have end-of-life talks with patients
E-mail reminders could prompt oncologists to have end-of-life conversations with patients who are terminally ill, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study, which involved 100 patients with an advanced stage of lung cancer, found that one year after a system was launched to send e-mail alerts to doctors, more than one-third of the subjects had their end-of-life wishes noted in their EHRs, compared with 15% of patients whose end-of-life wishes were recorded before the e-mail program began. Reuters
Cancer Survivors and Clinical Trials
I had no idea what melanoma was. I found out the cancer had spread to my lungs, chest and back. The oncologist said it was a “very mean melanoma.” I didn’t have health insurance, and I didn’t know anything about clinical trials. What I’ve learned is that it’s absolutely crucial to have access to information. Now I know that all the drugs and medicines we take every day were subject to clinical trials and developmental studies. Learn more about Brian’s story at LIVESTRONG.org/Brian.
A Glimpse into the Future of Cancer Therapy
The Cancer Genome Atlas Project is a major cancer initiative to help health care professionals better understand precisely what is “broken” in their patients. To borrow a car metaphor, if a cancer patient needs a new timing belt, they will get the timing belt that is manufactured specifically for their make and model. The fix may still be easy or complicated, but knowing precisely what’s broken leads to the best options for considering repair. Read more about the comprehensive work in the mechanics of cancer on the LIVESTRONG blog.
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