World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 24 July 2015

Categories: In The Media.

When chemotherapy does more harm than good

US – Time

Chemotherapy has saved countless lives and is a mainstay of cancer care. But the latest data suggests that it can also do more harm than good for some patients at the end of life.

Hospice care may start later for patients in assisted living

US – Reuters

Hospice care may start closer to the end of life for residents of assisted living facilities than for people receiving care at home, a recent study finds.

Lack of training hindering end of life care, warns charity

UK – Nursing Times

Many patients nearing the end of their lives are not receiving the care and support they need because of a lack of training for health professionals, including nurses, a new report has warned.

Conversation continues on end of life options for the ACT

Australia – Canberra Times

The ACT is unlikely to be a trailblazer on the issue of voluntary euthanasia, according to a Canberra academic.

How to have difficult conversations about hospice care

US – Huffington Post

On the heels of Medicare’s recent announcement of plans to start paying doctors to give patients counseling about end-of-life care, HuffPost Live wanted to dig a little deeper to help you understand your care options, specifically about hospice.

How to plan end of life care for heart disease

US – Everyday Health

Dying is never easy to talk about, and even doctors sometimes fear that discussing end-of-life care with their patients will distress them. But that’s not true, according to Rachelle Bernacki, MD, and Susan Block, MD, of the Center for Palliative Care at Harvard Medical School.

Hospice grows as capital campaign launched

Canada – Peterborough Examiner

It’s been a busy year for Hospice Peterborough and continuing efforts to make its planned new home a reality promise another challenging year ahead.

Faith and dying – Joshua’s story

ehospice International Children’s

The latest Little Stars short film features Joshua and his mother and describes the excellent support they receive from the team at Hospis Malaysia under the medical leadership of Dr Ednin Hamzah.

Tobacco and alcohol responsible for 74% of head and neck cancers

ehospice Ireland

Every year in Ireland in excess of 600 people are diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Awareness has the potential to save lives says Professor James Paul O’Neill ahead of World Cancer Awareness Day which falls this Monday, July 27.

Community support at its best

ehospice USA

A volunteer with Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, NC, shares a moving story about making some wishes come true for a young person under their care demonstrating some of the special things hospice can do to make special moments possible.

St Gemma’s Hospice CEO joins debate around assisted dying

ehospice UK

Chief executive at St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds, Kerry Jackson, joins the call for hospices to engage in the debate around assisted dying and ensure that the parliamentarians considering a change in the law understand the unique position of hospices in caring for those approaching the end of life.

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