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Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight


IP Blog | Dave Melin | January 21, 2016

cancer supportive care handsThis week in health care trends, our cancer supportive care spotlight includes: projections for the growth of the cancer supportive care products market, what supportive care means for lung cancer patients, and the effect of palliative care consultations on cost.

Global Cancer Supportive Care Products Market Receives Boost from Continually Advancing Cancer Treatment Therapies

A new report looking at market trends for supportive care products predicts that “the global cancer supportive care products market will expand at a CAGR of 4.30% from 2015 to 2021 to be valued at US$31.7 bn by 2021.”

Supportive Care for Lung Cancer Patients: Living and Feeling as Good as Possible

This in-depth video interview dives into what supportive care means for lung cancer patients as a group discusses “living as long as possible, feeling as good as possible.”

Palliative Care Teams’ Cost-Saving Effect Is Larger for Cancer Patients With Higher Numbers of Comorbidities

A recent study of the cost effect of palliative care consultations found that “the receipt of a palliative care consultation within two days of admission was associated with 22 percent lower costs for patients with a comorbidity score of 2–3 and with 32 percent lower costs for those with a score of 4 or higher.”

Family Members Prefer Compassionate End-of-Life Care for Cancer Patients

A new study of family members who had lost a loved one to cancer published in JAMA found that “family members of patients who died of cancer were more likely to report the patient’s end-of-life (EOL) care as “excellent” if hospice care was longer than 3 days, if patients were not admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) within the last 30 days of death, or if the patient died outside of a hospital setting.”

In Their Own Words: A Qualitative Study of the Psychosocial Concerns of Post-treatment and Long-term Lung Cancer Survivors

To learn more about the growing group of lung cancer survivors, this study interviewed 21 survivors and found the following themes: “feeling blamed for having caused their cancer, being stigmatized as “throwaways,” and long-term survivors’ experiencing surprise that they’re still alive, given poor overall survival rates. Finally, survivors desired increased public support.”

A Month in an Acute Palliative Care Unit: Clinical Interventions and Financial Outcomes

This study took a one-month snapshot of an Acute Palliative Care Unit (APCU) in terms of “demographic information, sources of and reasons for admissions, resuscitation status, clinical interventions, disposition, and reimbursement data.”

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