In Armenia, although eligible patients are entitled to free, state-subsidised opioid painkillers, the process for acquiring them can prove so complicated and time-consuming that patients often die before they receive the medication.
Nygemol Kaniyodical George, a 17-year-old pupil in Cardiff, South Wales, explains how a volunteer placement in her local hospice changed her mind about palliative care.
Bridget Johnston from the Sue Ryder Care Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care explores this question.
Dr Wafa Ayesh, Director of Clinical Nutrition at the Dubai Health Authority, attended the recent palliative care conference in Kuwait to discuss the importance of nutrition for critically ill patients and patients nearing the end of life.
Although willing to prescribe opioids for refractory dyspnea in palliative patients, many doctors remain uncomfortable with the perceived side effects, researchers from the UK report.
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In Australia, where less than half of people over 70 have an end of life plan, experts are calling for “a national re-think on end of life treatment.”
For a person with dementia, the link between aggressive behaviour and physical pain is strong only in the condition’s advanced stages, University of Florida researchers have found.
Pancreatic cancer stands alone as an increasingly deadly threat to both men and women in Europe, a study has shown.
Researchers in Toronto have found the city’s aboriginal population die much younger than other city residents.
Dr Ramesh Thulavavenkateswaran, Locum Consultant at St Helena Hospice, writes for ehospice about his new project encouraging healthcare professionals to share their views on their own spirituality and consider how these might help to deliver excellent care for patients and families.
The Pan Africa Life Cancer Challenge aims to improve cancer awareness and provide cancer screening for a period of six months.