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ASCO: Early Palliation in Ca Patients Eases Caregiver Burden

ASCO: Early Palliation in Ca Patients Eases Caregiver Burden | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Early palliative treatment for advanced cancer patients appeared to benefit their caregivers, who experienced lower rates of depression and better quality of life, researchers reported here.


"When compared with caregivers whose associated patients who were not treated with palliative care until 3 months after diagnosis, the caregivers of patients who received immediate post-diagnosis palliative treatment experienced significantly improved Caregiver Quality of Life-Cancer scores (mean decrease of 7.2 points, P=0.03) and significantly less depression as measured by the Center for Epidemiological Study-Depression (mean decrease of 6.9 points, P=0.006), reported Marie Bakitas, DNSc, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues."

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Earlier Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life, Patient Satisfaction, Cancer Study Shows

"The impact of providing early outpatient palliative care versus standard oncology care in a wide range of advanced cancers indicate that earlier care improved quality of life and patient satisfaction, the first clinical study of its kind suggest. The findings demonstrate the benefits of cancer centers providing early specialized palliative care in outpatient clinics. To put the findings into practice, palliative care teams should be involved much earlier in the course of illness to provide collaborative care together with oncologists, says the lead researcher."

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New Strategies to Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients, Caregivers

New Strategies to Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients, Caregivers | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"New strategies for easing the short- and long-term effects of cancer therapy and improving the quality of life of patients with cancer, as well as their caregivers have been released by researchers. "We've made incredible strides in cancer treatment, and more cancer survivors are alive today than ever before. But oncology isn't just about helping people live longer -- we need to ensure that patients have the best quality of life possible at every stage of their cancer journey," said one expert."

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