World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 5 July 2016

Categories: In The Media.

MUHC to clarify policy on assisted death for palliative care patients

Canada – CBC News

After coming under fire for a policy that requires patients who want an assisted death to be transferred out of its palliative care unit, the McGill University Health Centre will offer a clarification regarding the rule this afternoon.

Novel Cancer Weight-loss Drugs Needed to Improve Outcomes

US – Medscape

Novel drugs that reflect the recently discovered underlying mechanisms of body mass and muscle loss in cancer are required if clinicians are to have an impact on outcomes, say experts in palliative care.

Ambulances take patients to the place they want to die

UK – Berwick Advertiser

An innovative scheme is offering to take terminally-ill patients to the place they want to die.

Mrs Carmona: Cherish those last moments

Trinidad and Tobago – Newsday

Reema Carmona, wife of the country’s President has revealed her personal pain at losing her father to cancer as she made the point of how vital it is that terminally-ill patients be afforded comfort and dignity within which to spend their final days. Her personal insights came as she gave the feature address at a recent Afternoon Tea Party at the Hyatt Regency to raise funds for Vitas House, of which she is Patron.

Video influences choices on end-of-life care for patients with HF

US – Healio

Patients with advanced HF who viewed a video outlining various levels of end-of-life care were more likely to choose care that stressed comfort over more invasive care that could prolong life, according to a study published in Circulation.

Catching up with Dr. Henry Sunpath

ehospice South Africa

Dr Henry Sunpath has been the Clinical Head of Internal Medicine and Consultant in HIV Medicine at McCord Hospital since 2002. He has been in The South African ARV Resistance Cohort Study since 2004 and has many publications in peer reviewed journals.