World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 18 March 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Retired professor’s public cancer journey ends

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.

French parliament passes ‘deep sleep’ bill for end of life

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.

Recent trends in euthanasia and other end of life practices in Belgium

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.

Palliative care consultation associated with less aggressive end of life care in advanced pancreas cancer

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.

Dame Barbara Monroe presents seminar to a packed audience

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’s zeal for cancer care: UICC and MD Anderson held an in-country workshop

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.

Hospice UK’s annual national conference – call for papers

ehospice UK

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.

HPCA Conference 2015 – Call for abstracts now open

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.

Hospices named top charities to work for

ehospice UK

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.

Seeking increased cervical cancer screening in the next decade to save thousands of Kenyan women

ehospice Kenya

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.

Healthcare Policy: What to expect in 2015

ehospice USA

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.