India – The Hindu
Four years after the National Cancer Grid (NCG) was formed to link cancer centres across the country, the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) on Wednesday launched a virtual platform where these centres — up from 14 in 2012 to 85 now — will share their patient data, a site at tmc.gov.in/ncg. This step is important as it enables mapping of cancer patterns and, crucially, will throw up national data on the malady; this could, in turn, form the backbone of studies on cancer prevention.
Ireland – The Irish Times
Bereavement specialist teams will be established in all maternity hospitals to support parents dealing with a pregnancy loss or the death of a baby with a fatal foetal anomaly.
Canada – The Observer
Palliative care physicians like Dr. Glen Maddison (Opioid-plan opposed, The Observer Aug. 4) are rightly concerned that the new Ontario policy to restrict high dose opioid treatments should not compromise the pain relief required by terminally ill patients. He is right to propose that these be covered under the Palliative Care Facilitated Access program.
US – National Catholic Reporter
About 40 years ago, dying in America changed dramatically because, as author Ann Neumann notes, “the definition of death changed in the 1970s.”
Canada – Toronto Star
For more than 40 years, prisoners on Aug. 10th pay tribute to all those who have died while in custody. On this day in 1974, Eddie Nalon committed suicide in an administrative segregation cell at Millhaven Institution, sparking this annual vigil and call for justice.
US – Time
A devout Christian explains her decision in the context of her faith.
US – Kiplinger
Palliative care makes it possible to treat the symptoms of serious illness without giving up quality of life
Spiritual care is defined as the care which recognizes and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or sacrament, or simply for a sensitive listener.
ehospice South Africa
As we continue our #Hospicevisits at Abundant Life we meet Kathy Booysen who is a true example of strength amongst the challenges she encountered.
Earlier this week, the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) launched a new campaign asking people to do ‘just one thing’ to improve access to palliative care for children around the world.
Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care promotes COO David Wiley to top leadership position.