World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 5 May 2015

Categories: In The Media.

St Luke’s cares for patient and family

South Africa – News 24
St Luke’s Hospice celebrates Hospice Week in an effort to bring attention to its service for terminally ill patients and their families in the Cape Town area.

S.African man dies naturally on same day as winning right to die

South Africa – Yahoo News
A terminally-ill South African man died of natural causes last week, on the same day that a court granted him the right to end his life, a ruling that could pave the way for assisted suicide legislation.

Palliative radiotherapy: an evolving centerpiece of supportive care

US – Oncology Nurse Advisor
As the number of cancer patients climbs, and as survival times improve among cancer patients, palliative radiotherapy will represent an increasingly important component of radiation oncology procedures.

Surgery for terminal cancer patients still common

US – Health Canal
The number of surgeries performed on terminally ill cancer patients has not dropped in recent years, despite more attention to the importance of less invasive care for these patients to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.

Less aggressive diabetes care needed in hospice

US – Reuters
Keeping blood sugar under control is an essential part of diabetes care, but for patients in hospice, the goal is to provide the highest quality of life and that may mean less aggressive type 2 diabetes treatment, researchers say.

Urban Death Project: a case for composting your dead body

Canada – CBC News
Traditional burials and cremation are hard on the environment, but urban dwellers could soon have a new option for their bodies when they die – turning them into compost.

Saving Little Stars in Greece

Greece – Neos Kosmos
The team behind the Little Stars films is in Athens filming short documentaries to raise awareness of children’s palliative care in Greece.

Quentin Blake’s Great Ormond Street ‘end of life’ gift for families of dying children

UK – The Observer
Sir Quentin Blake has completed his latest commission for Great Ormond Street Hospital: a series of illustrations created at the request of a young couple who lost their baby aged just 10 days.

US and Ugandan hospices celebrated for outstanding partnership

ehospice USA
Global Partners in Care presents the 2015 Global Partnership Award to Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice of New Jersey and Kawempe Home Care of Uganda.

How the hospice world is starting to reach out to dementia patients

ehospice UK
Dealing with the growing problem of dementia is a major issue facing society as we live longer.

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association organizes 13th Hike for Hospice Palliative Care Across Canada

ehospice Canada
On 3 May 2015, thousands of Canadians of all ages gathered on walking paths, parks, and hiking trails across Canada to celebrate the 13th Annual Hike for Hospice Palliative Care.

Children’s palliative care well represented at APHC 2015

ehospice International children’s edition
The final day of the Asia Pacific Hospice Conference held in Taipei from 1 – 3 May had a substantial section of the programme dedicated to topics related to children and young adults.

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