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.
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.
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.
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 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?
The Wicklow Hospice Foundation will reach its €3 million target in the coming weeks, thanks to the Daniel Day-Lewis effect.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Sparke, chief executive of Mercury Media International, has spoken about being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
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 Daily Courier
A blog post aimed to help patients frame a good conversation with their doctor about care at the end of their lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.