Integrating palliative care earlier in the disease process can improve quality of life and possibly survival for patients with advanced cancer, but its value is widely misunderstood, according to a recent review in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Malaysia- The Borneo Post
Kuching Life Care Society is short of RM4.6 million for its proposed RM6 million Palliative Care Centre – believed to be the first of its kind in the state.
Times of India
Morphine is neither expensive nor scarce but India’s overly restrictive opioid legislation, which focuses on preventing abuse at the expense of encouraging medical use, means many patients’ cries for pain relief go unheard.
South Africa- The Mercury
Nearly two months since Madiba was laid to rest, Julia Ambler (co-founder of Umduduzi) still finds herself wondering whether he was allowed to “die well”.
Last month, the American Cancer Society (ACS) released “Cancer Statistics, 2014,” their annual estimate of new cancers diagnoses and deaths for the year ahead.
For photographer Adrain Chesser’s project titled “I have something to tell you” he posed his friends and family in front of a camera, snapping their portraits moments after telling them about his AIDS diagnosis.
The New York Times
Joan Marans Dim writes about the emotions associated with going through her husbands belongings, following his death last June.
Karen and Steve Codling write for ehospice about their ‘wonderful little boy’ and his legacy that lives on through the Charlie’s Beach Hut Fund, which supports families of children with life-limiting illnesses.
When a family member or friend is dying, many parents struggle with how much of the dying process they should allow their children to witness.
The following article is from author and lecturer of Enrolled Nursing at Brisbane TAFE, Mr Mark Downey.