Zambia- Daily Mail
First Lady Christine Kaseba has implored the private sector to partner with Palliative Care Alliance Zambia (PCAZ) to deliver quality healthcare. Dr Kaseba, who is also PCAZ patron, also called for regulators to review the existing laws to ensure better access to pain relief medicines.
A new study published in the BMJ shows that terminal cancer patients who receive chemotherapy as end of life treatment are less likely to die where they want to and more likely to receive unnecessary procedures.
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The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease has published results from a Swiss study which tested the effects of LSD as a complement to talk therapy for 12 people nearing the end of life.
“We find it normal to help mothers bring healthy babies into the world, yet we are often at a loss as to how best to assist at the end of a life,” writes Dr Christian Ntizimira.
According to Cancer UK and the World Health Organisation, Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide with an estimated 8.2 million deaths in 2012. This graphic shows the top four most common causes of cancer around the world and how they rank.
Dr Sherwin Nuland, a medical ethicist who opposed assisted suicide and wrote an award-winning book about death called “How We Die,” has died at age 83.
When Sylvia first arrived at Hospice Africa Uganda she could not read, write or speak in English. This is her truly remarkable story, written in her own words, of how she has overcome national, linguistic and financial barriers to dedicate her life to palliative care in Uganda.
Gretchen Irvine, Events Manager at Palliative Care Australia, outlines things to think about when organising an event.