World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 29 March 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Planning for end-of-life issues

Ireland – The Irish Times

Fiona Reddan’s article “Funeral costs – is it time to plan ahead?” (Business, March 22nd) raises many interesting points about attitudes to dying, death and bereavement and the whole population effect of dealing with our mortality.

Cancer survivor making life his cause

US – Lincoln Journal Star

Two years ago, former Marine Corps infantry officer J.J. Hanson was living the life. Then, seemingly out of the blue, a life-threatening disease slammed into him.

Irish people donate €90k to cancer patients in Uganda

Ireland – The journal

Some 95% of people with cancer there will never access treatment such as chemotherapy, radiology or oncology.

Missed opportunities to avoid painful shocks at the end of life

US – Medical Express

Many patients who have a common medical device known as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) are unaware that the device can be deactivated to prevent painful shocks in their final days of life, according to two studies scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology’s 65th Annual Scientific Session.

Cancer patients who choose home-based palliative care tend to live longer

Japan – News Medical

A large study from Japan found that cancer patients who died at home tended to live longer than those who died in hospitals. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that oncologists should not hesitate to refer patients for home-based palliative care simply because less medical treatment may be provided.

Unanimous support for the creation of palliative care units

Spain – Sur in English

The regional government will now establish a network with presence in all provinces to care for children with terminal illnesses,

Together for Short Lives calls UK ministers to focus their attention on seriously ill children

ehospice international children’s edition

Together for Short Lives recently made an important call to ministers in the United Kingdom to ensure that children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions can play a full role in society.

World TB Day Wrap

ehospice South Africa

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is observed each year on 24 March. This year, the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa along with the CaSIPO Project (Care and support for improved patient outcomes) embraced the theme from the South African Department of Health which was: ‘Tracking TB in communities’.

Getting through it, a father’s perspective

ehospice UK

After caring for and then losing his wife Nicola to cancer in 2008, Jamie Rogers wondered whether life as an informal carer could be made easier.

2016 Virtual Conference: Call for poster presentations

ehospice USA

The call for poster presentations for this summer’s upcoming virtual conference “Challenges on the Front Lines: Effective Approaches to Complex Challenges” is open through April 29.