World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 14 December 2015

Categories: In The Media.

This HR executive peps up palliative care patients

India – The Hindu

When he is not interviewing a candidate for his company, Vinoth Kumar R., an HR professional, spends his time volunteering.

Pasar Minggu Hospital inaugurated amid dispute

Indonesia – The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and Health Minister Nila Moloek launched on Saturday the new Pasar Minggu Hospital on Jl. TB Simatupang in South Jakarta.  During the event, the governor also inducted  150 senior palliative care staff.

Funeral held for Ontario boy, 7, whose town gave him an early Christmas parade

Canada – CTV News

Evan Leversage, a terminally ill southern Ontario boy whose wish to see another Christmas prompted his community to stage an early Santa Claus parade was laid to rest Thursday.

‘You just want someone to say that your son will live … but they can’t do that’

UK – The Independent

When Jago, the baby son of Dominic Crossley-Holland, developed a tumour on his spine, he – and his parents – received outstanding care.

Op-Ed ‘I have terminal cancer. And I’m dying in a yearish.’

US – Los Angeles Times

The enormity of the news didn’t sink in fully, not at first, even after my doctor uttered the words: “I’m sorry, we did find cancer.” My husband, Dave, and I had only the faintest sense that evening that our lives had been hijacked forever.

Physicians experience grief in a different way

US – Kevin MD

“How much experience do you have with human suffering?” It was a question asked of me at my first medical school admission interview, and it took me by surprise.

Cancer rates decline in many high-income countries, but rise in lower-income countries

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Improved screening and detection efforts, combined with decreases in risk factors like smoking, have reduced the incidence and mortality rates from several common types of cancer in many high-income countries. However, many low- and middle-income countries have seen cancer rates rise, partially due to increases in risk factors that are typical of Western countries.

Palliative care phone support available over the holiday season

Australia

The Decision Assist advisory line will be operating 24-hours a day, every day over the holiday season, supporting health professionals with palliative care advice.

Horses for hospice

USA

Hooves Across America raises money for National Hospice Foundation with fundraiser that has now gone national.