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Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | April 12, 2016

cancer supportive care handsThis week in health care trends, our cancer supportive care spotlight includes: financial barriers can discourage patients from participating in clinical trials and light therapy may help to ease the suffering of cancer patients.

Financial Burden of Cancer Clinical Trial Participation and the Impact of a Cancer Care Equity Program

A recent study has found that “Financial barriers likely discourage patients from participating in clinical trials,” but also suggests that following implementation of financial and other assistance through a Cancer Care Equity Program (CCEP) “participation increased”.

A Simple Tool to Ease Cancer’s Side Effects

A recent study suggests that cancer patients who sit near a bright white light 30 minutes a day may experience “significant improvements in relieving symptoms of depression” and exhaustion associated with cancer treatment.

Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care: a Systematic Review

This report seeks to define what the integration of oncology and palliative care might look like based on a review of current literature.

The Many Facets of Palliative Care Call for Team-Based Approach

In a panel discussion at the recent NCCN conference, palliative care experts discussed the future of palliative care and ways to deliver quality care more effectively, from delineating the different levels of palliative care to cultivating strong collaborative relationships between palliative care specialists and oncologists.

The Human Connection of Palliative Care: Ten Steps for What to Say and Do

Dr. Diane Meier, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), shares 10 things to say and do in order to have a constructive and compassionate palliative care conversation.

Palliative Care Promotes Quality of Life for Those with Advanced Illness

This Kaiser Permanente article digs into the difference between palliative care and hospice care and examines the data that suggest that “palliative care has benefits for patients” in a variety of ways.

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