World media roundup – 6 January 2014

Categories: In The Media.

“Over treatment” pervasive for cancer patients in China


People with terminal illnesses often want to have every available treatment that might save their lives, but experts say this can lead to “over-treatment”, which has no impact on the final outcome and only adds to the patient’s pain.

Work of hospice care centre lauded

India – The Hindu

In recognition of her service towards terminally ill cancer patients, Lions Club International District 324 A-6, honoured D. Vijayasree, founder and executive trustee of Srimatha Cancer Care, with Life Time Achievement Award recently.

State Governor visits NMA’s AIDS Hospice

India- Nagaland Post

Naga Mothers Association (NMA) has expressed its deep appreciation and gratitude to Nagaland governor Dr Ashwani Kumar, his wife and staff from the Raj Bhavan, Kohima for their kind visit to the NMA’s AIDS Hospice.

It’s cruel to deny cannabis to the terminally ill

Australia – The Guardian, comment is free

Last year, NSW’s minister for health rejected recommendations that cannabis should be decriminalised for those in pain at the end of their lives. But the fight isn’t over yet.

The real story behind the latest hospice controversy

US- Forbes

The Washington Post published an extensive investigative story on hospice the other day. But the Post article misses a bigger question: Why are growing numbers of people willing to enroll in hospice, and often forego traditional medical treatment, long before they are dying?

‘Day-Lewis effect’ helps hospice hit €3m target

Ireland- Independent

The Wicklow Hospice Foundation will reach its €3 million target in the coming weeks, thanks to the Daniel Day-Lewis effect.

Perspectives: Meaningful conversations are never futile

The Jerusalem Post

The author writes about the decline in the health of former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, and argues that by reflecting on some simple questions with loved ones regarding priorities during life and at life’s end, clear goals can be established and uncertainty as well as regret can be minimized.

From bedside to bench: Bringing clinical experience to international advocacy work

EAPC blog

While clinical care is getting better in Germany, Lukas Radbruch reminds us that there is still much work to do and encourages us all to advocate for global access to good palliative care.

No one wants to talk about death, but you need to anyway

LA Times

It’s important to have advance directives for healthcare on file. The subject may be unpleasant, but it’s better than having a loved one make a life-or-death decision in the ICU.

CEO on running a business while facing terminal cancer

BBC News

Tim Sparke, chief executive of Mercury Media International, has spoken about being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Who are you? The Self after loss by Rea L. Ginsberg, LCSW-C, ACSW, BCD 

It’s OK to Die

After the loss of a loved one, our lives do not return to pre-loss ways. Loss changes us. That is inevitable. It is required in healthy grieving.

The Good Patient: Identify what you need from palliative care

The Daily Courier

A blog post aimed to help patients frame a good conversation with their doctor about care at the end of their lives.

Doctors cannot predict when the end of life truly comes

Kevin MD blog

Everyone wants a timeline. Each day, they asked me several times in various ways, “When will she die?” No one is ever satisfied with vague answers or no real answer. We don’t know when exactly.

Death has made me more resilient

Kevin MD blog

I lost myself in death’s aftermath and these past five years have been a long, slow process of putting myself back together again.

Support given to child caregivers in Uganda

ehospice Africa

Stranded in Sub-Saharan Africa, orphaned by an AIDS epidemic, thousands of children are left on their own. The Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) meets many child caregivers as they work to make palliative care accessible to those who are dying throughout the country.

New online education tool for palliative care consumers

ehospice Australia

HammondCare, with funding from Alzheimer’s Australia’s National Quality Dementia Care initiative, have created the Integrated Care Framework for Dementia (ICF-D), a 100% online information service for carers of those undergoing palliative care.

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