A population-based study shows that patients with schizophrenia are more likely to die in a nursing home than mentally healthy individuals, raising questions about the adequacy of palliative care they receive in this setting.
Radiotherapy can significantly improve the quality of life of elderly individuals with cancer that has metastasized to the bone, show study results presented at the 2nd European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.
A Death with Dignity program, in which physicians can assist cancer patients with a prognosis of less than 6 months to end their lives, has been well-accepted by patients and their families, and received growing support from the physicians involved.
Women with advanced breast cancer adapt to their emotional and spiritual symptoms despite reporting poor physical functioning and pain compared with women who have local or regional disease, indicate US study results.
The rate of referrals to palliative or supportive care services for patients with acute leukemia is low, despite this population reporting a high burden of physical and psychological symptoms, show Canadian study results.
While the overall rate of radiotherapy use among patients with metastatic cancer in their last year of life was stable between 2000 and 2007, the use of advanced techniques increased during the period, show US study results.
Individuals who survive cancer are significantly more likely to develop severe persistent fatigue a year after treatment if they were fatigued before and shortly after treatment, indicate Dutch study findings.