World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 16 February 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Patterns in place of cancer death in the state of Qatar: a population-based study

Qatar – Plos One

International studies show that most people prefer to die at home; however, hospitals remain the most common place of death (PoD). This study aims to investigate the patterns in PoD and the associated factors, which are crucial for end of life cancer care enhancement, in the State of Qatar.

Actor Nagarjuna for popularisation of palliative care treatment

India – The Hindu

“When I remember my mother, it makes me really sad. But, when I remember my father, it makes me smile,” said actor Nagarjuna, referring to the need to have fully evolved palliative care treatment options for terminally ill persons.

Of cure and care: the challenges in oncology practice

India – The Hindu

The growth of scientific knowledge and technology between 1960 and 1980 and the dawn of medical oncology in 1970 saw the advent of the concept of multidisciplinary management in oncology. We moved from cure to quality care, from survival to healing.

It takes a village to care for the dying: palliative care project in India attempts just that

India – Epoch Times

Kumaphavally, 34, had complete body paralysis from a fall she took during pregnancy eight years ago. For almost seven years, she lived in a small, damp hut, urinating and defecating in the same place until the Institute of Palliative Medicine started a project to care for the terminally and chronically ill in her village last year.

Children should play key cancer control role

The Japan News

Prevention, screening, treatment and palliative care are the four common pillars of the global fight against cancer. An increasing number of people now think it is too late for us to learn about cancer only after we become adults. In other words, it is time to provide children with cancer education.

Entrepreneur wants ‘death experience’ venue to raise discussion about life

China – Global Times

The founder of Hand in Hand, an NGO based in Shanghai that provides hospice services, is building a ‘death experience’ venue with a partner, complete with a 4D furnace that simulates heat when bodies are being ‘burned’.

Breda O’Brien: it’s time we provide couples with perinatal hospices

The Irish Times

The news that the child you are carrying may not make it to birth, or will only live for a short time, perhaps only hours, days, weeks, months, or in rare cases, years, splinters parents’ hearts.

Op-Ed: the two words most doctors avoid saying: you’re dying

US – LA Times

There is one word most doctors hate to say: Dying. Many of them will go to great lengths – even subterfuge – to avoid it. Sure, nobody likes to deliver bad news. But shouldn’t physicians have mastered that? In a recent study of doctors whose patients were dying, only 11% said they personally spoke with their patients about the possibility of death.

Doctor’s book gives patients end of life talking tools

US – MedPage Today

Angelo Volandes pushes patients to begin difficult conversations when docs don’t. It took a decade for Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH, to write The Conversation. The book is “part memoir, part ‘how-to’ guide, part research” for difficult discussions involving terminal illness, he told MedPage Today.

International Childhood Cancer Day: Alexander’s story

ehospice UK

To mark International Childhood Cancer Day (15 February) we are sharing with you Alex’s story, as told by his mum Maxine. Alex was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, at a very young age and when it was found to be incurable, he and his family were supported by Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield.

Palliative care – an appropriate response to childhood cancer

ehospice International children’s edition

ICPCN calls on health authorities around the world to recognise the importance of palliative care as an appropriate response to the diagnosis of cancer in children.

Palliative care for people with non-malignant diseases

ehospice Australia

Palliative Care South Australia (PCSA) is holding its 2015 conference: ‘Redefining the boundaries – Palliative Care for people with non-malignant diseases’ on 22 May at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

The HIV journey: have we learnt from and celebrated the legacy of our heroes?

ehospice Africa

The decision by the President Bush administration and the then constituted PEPFAR team to fund and support the roll-out of antiretroviral medications in Africa in 2003 was such a great initiative that has had a monumental impact in Africa and globally.

Dispelling hospice myths

ehospice USA

NHPCO’s Anita Brikman was a guest on the Washington DC-area talk show produced by ABC’s NewsChannel 8 where she helped explain key points about hospice care.