Patterns of palliative care consultation among patients with brain metastasis: an opportunity for radiation oncologists to facilitate earlier referral.

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Early palliative care (PC) physician involvement alongside standard oncologic care has been recommended by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) guidelines for all advanced cancer patients, although adherence to […]

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Perceptions of palliative care in a South Asian community: findings from an observational study.

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Patients often view “palliative care” (PC) as an approach that is synonymous with end-of-life and death, leading to shock and fear. Differing cultural and social norms and religious affiliations greatly […]

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Cachexia is associated with depression, anxiety and quality of life in cancer patients.

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This study aimed to compare depression, anxiety and quality of life (QoL) between cachexia and non-cachexia patients, and explore the relationship between cachexia and depression, anxiety and QoL in patients […]

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Influence of advance directives on reducing aggressive measures during end-of-life cancer care: A systematic review.

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Although the literature recognizes the participation of patients in medical decisions as an important indicator of quality, there is a lack of consensus regarding the influence of advance directives (ADs) […]

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Influence of advance directives on reducing aggressive measures during end-of-life cancer care: A systematic review.

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Although the literature recognizes the participation of patients in medical decisions as an important indicator of quality, there is a lack of consensus regarding the influence of advance directives (ADs) […]

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Survey of palliative care providers’ needs, perceived roles, and ethical concerns about addressing cancer family history at the end of life.

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Palliative care providers may face questions from patients and relatives regarding the heritability of cancers. Implications of such discussions for providers have been little explored. This study aimed to gather […]

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A Retrospective Study Analyzing the Lack of Symptom Benefit With Antimicrobials at the End of Life.

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Infections are common in terminally ill patients (pts), and although antibiotics are frequently prescribed, their benefit for symptom relief is not clear. Antimicrobials at the end of life (EOL) may […]

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Home parenteral nutrition versus artificial hydration in malnourished patients with cancer in palliative care: a prospective, cohort survival study.

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The evidence base for home parenteral nutrition (HPN) in patients with advanced cancer is lacking. To compare the survival of malnourished patients with cancer undergoing palliative care who received HPN […]

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Are you using the third definition to diagnose sepsis in clinic?-A survey among Chinese intensivists.

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Since sepsis-3 definition is more accurate and sensitive than previous sepsis definition, implementation the newest diagnosis criteria could definitely bring more benefit to sepsis patients. This study was done to […]

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Impact of Caring for Terminally Ill Children on Physicians: A Systematic Scoping Review.

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Caring for terminally ill children influences nurses’ and allied health provider’s quality of life, ability to provide personalized, dignified and empathetic care and even their concepts of personhood. In the […]

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Bereavement care interventions for children under the age of 18 following the death of a sibling: a systematic review.

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Childhood bereavement after sibling death is common, but often unrecognized. The psychosomatic and socioeconomic outcomes of bereaved children can be compromised if appropriate care is unavailable during the formative years […]

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Modified rehabilitation exercises for mild cases of COVID-19.

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by a new Betacoronavirus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is currently a global pandemic. Gathered clinicopathological evidence in COVID-19 patients shows that alveoli […]

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A review of ongoing trials of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy for oligometastatic disease in the context of new consensus definitions.

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The characterization and treatment of oligometastatic disease (OMD) are rapidly growing areas of research. Consensus statements have recently been developed by European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)/American Society for […]

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Management of cisplatin-associated toxicities in bladder cancer patients.

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Cisplatin remains the treatment cornerstone for bladder cancer, either in neoadjuvant or in metastatic (cisplatin-gemcitabine or dose-dense methotrexate, vinblastine, and doxorubicin). Although the toxicity profile of cisplatin has been known […]

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Toward a clinical model for patient spiritual journeys in supportive and palliative care: Testing a concept of human spirituality and associated recursive states.

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In 2015, a Chaplaincy Research Consortium generated a model of human spirituality in the palliative care context to further chaplaincy research. This article investigates the clinical fit of (a) the […]

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General practice nurses and physicians and end of life: a systematic review of models of care.

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General practitioners (GPs) and general practice nurses (GPNs) face increasing demands to provide palliative care (PC) or end-of-life care (EoLC) as the population ages. In order to maximise the impact […]

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The evolving options in metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer.

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Leading trials CHAARTED, STAMPEDE, GETUG-AFU15 and LATITUDE established docetaxel and abiraterone acetate addition to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) as a treatment guideline for patients with metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer.Two recent […]

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“Palliative Pandemic Plan,” Triage and Symptoms Algorithm as a Strategy to Decrease Providers’ Exposure, While Trying to Increase Teams Availability and Guidance for Goals of Care (GOC) and Symptoms Control.

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As the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues worldwide, health care systems are facing increased demand with concurrent health care provider shortages. This increase in patient demand […]

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Palliative versus hospice care in patients with cancer: a systematic review.

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Guidelines recommend an early access to specialised palliative medicine services for patients with cancer, but studies have reported a continued underuse. Palliative care facilities deliver early care, alongside antineoplastic treatments, […]

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International traditional Chinese medicine guideline for diagnostic and treatment principles of diabetes.

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Diabetes mellitus (DM) was one of the most severe public health problems that affected nearly 463 million adults around the world. In addition to insulin and oral hypoglycemic agents, traditional […]

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Treatment response to intrathecal chemotherapy with pemetrexed via an Ommaya reservoir in EGFR-mutated leptomeningeal metastases from non-small cell lung cancer: a case report.

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Leptomeningeal metastasis (LM) is one of the most severe complications of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and it lacks standard treatment guidelines and is always accompanied by poor prognosis. We […]

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Terminal withdrawal of mechanical ventilation in adult intensive care units: A systematic review and narrative synthesis of perceptions, experiences and practices.

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During the terminal withdrawal of life-sustaining measures for intensive care patients, the removal of respiratory support remains an ambiguous practice. Globally, perceptions and experiences of best practice vary due to […]

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