Russia – Mashable
In Russia, cancer has become synonymous with scandal, exposing fundamental problems within both Russian healthcare and the wider society. Patients with late-stage cancer are reportedly often neglected by the medical establishment, which is accused of pouring most of its energy into “solvable” cancer cases while ignoring the dire ones.
Namibia – Global Post
As Namibia does not have a hospice or chronic care facilities or accommodation in the state system, Abraham Ekandjo and his family and others like him have fallen through the cracks and are receiving inadequate support for their serious medical and emotionally distressing situation.
Australia – Sydney Morning Herald
The suffering of a young woman with cancer who died decades ago still haunts palliative care expert Jane Phillips.
US – Good4Utah
Utah’s first hospice house for the homeless is open for business. It’s been a long road for the Inn Between after months of fighting zoning and construction issues, but not nearly as long of a road as those who have been struggling with terminal illness and living on the streets.
Canada – Ottawa Citizen
The Ottawa Mission is expanding its Diane Morrison Hospice to 21 beds from 14 to give more homeless people the support and dignity they need in their final days.
US – New York Times
Studies have documented the importance of religion and spirituality to many patients. Seventy percent of dying patients want their doctor to ask them about their religious beliefs.
UK – Nursing Times
A new senior nurse role has been created at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust to focus on training nursing staff about end of life care.
Dr Amara Nwosu, from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool and University of Liverpool, talks about the use of Twitter in end of life care.
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Tom Morton from Richard House in London reports on an exciting five-day dance and film project allowing siblings of hospice service users to explore their creativity and expressions of what dance meant to them.
Dr Gail Eva, from London’s Brunel University says that health professionals who encourage people with a life-limiting illness not to return to work may not be doing the best by their patients.
A Dublin company which helped create a sanctuary within a busy hospital for families of patients at the end of life has been shortlisted for a prestigious corporate social responsibility award for the project.
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Sr Notsi Nosinodi Joyce Peter celebrated her 77th birthday on 10th August 2015, significantly Women’s Day, and has in her ten years at Hospice been an example of dedication, compassion, application and enthusiasm which puts to shame many half her age.
63-year-old Tony Jules, who has terminal prostate cancer and has been given just weeks to live, is looking to use his final days to raise money for Keech Hospice Care.