US – Columbia Daily Tribune
David Oliver’s “exit strategy” for facing the ultimate outcome of Stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer had more to do with living than dying.
France – Reuters
France’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Tuesday allowing patients near the end of their lives to stop medical treatment and request deep sedation until they die, a move that critics say is effectively a form of euthanasia.
Belgium – New England Journal of Medicine
In Belgium, where euthanasia was legalized in 2002, large-scale repeat surveys have monitored the evolution of medical end of life practices since 1998, with subsequent surveys conducted in 2001 and 2007, and the latest in 2013.
US – ASCO Post
In a study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Jang et al found that palliative care consultation was associated with decreased use of chemotherapy near death and lower risks of ICU admission, multiple emergency department visits, and multiple hospitalizations near death in patients with advanced pancreas cancer.
UK – Kings College London News
Over 100 people turned up to hear Dame Barbara Monroe talk about the core values and legacy of the hospice concept, established by Dame Cicely Saunders in founding St Christopher’s, of which Dame Barbara was formerly chief executive, in 1967.
Zambia – UICC News
In the first week of March, UICC, in partnership with the Ministry of Health’s Cancer Diseases Hospital and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, held Zambia’s first in-country oncology workshop in Lusaka.
If you work in hospice or end of life care, you could contribute to Hospice UK’s conference by displaying a poster or giving an oral presentation.
ehospice South Africa
The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) is now accepting abstracts to be considered for the HPCA 2015 conference which will take place from 27- 30 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa.
Julia’s House children’s hospice and Havens Hospices in Essex have been listed in the Sunday Times top 100 not-for-profit companies to work for.
Cervical cancer accounts for 30 cases per every 100,000 reported annually in Kenya, making it the most common cancer among women in the country. It is also the most leading cause of deaths due to cancer among women every year. The number of women being screened for this form of cancer is alarmingly low – only 3% of women of child bearing age.
Beginning with a look back at successes of last year, Tony Kudner shares some thoughts on health policy issues that are likely to face the hospice community in the year ahead.