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Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight

IP Blog | Dave Melin | August 12, 2015

This week in health care trends, our cancer supportive care spotlight includes patients’ value of cancer care, reasons for palliative clinical trial dropout, and alternative therapy use of chronic pain patients.

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How Do Patients Define Value in Cancer Care?

Patients were asked, “When considering your cancer experience, how do you define value?” 38% of respondents defined value in terms of “personal value,” while “only 7.4% of patients defined value in an economic context.”

Attrition Rates, Reasons, and Predictive Factors in Supportive Care and Palliative Oncology Clinical Trials

This study of the reasons for palliative care clinical trial dropouts found that the attrition rate was high and “was associated with various patient characteristics and a high baseline symptom burden.”

Too Few Patients with Cancer Communicate Preferences for End-of-Life Care

A recent study has found that “nearly 40 percent of the survey respondents said their loved ones had not discussed end-of-life care preferences with them.” The study also found “a large increase in the number of people receiving intensive treatment in the last days and weeks of their lives.”

Study: Irregular Sleeping Patterns Linked to Cancer

A recent study of mice has found that frequent disruption of the internal “body clock” could lead to increased incidence of cancer. According to a CDC report on the study, “This is the first study that unequivocally shows a link between chronic light-dark inversions and breast cancer development.”

Most Chronic Pain Patients Use Alternative Therapies, but Many Don’t Tell Their Doctors

More than half of chronic pain patients use either chiropractic care or acupuncture (or both), according to a recent study published in The American Journal of Managed Care. But, the study also found, nearly 40% of these patients don’t share this information with their doctors. “Too often, doctors don’t ask about this treatment, and patients don’t volunteer the information.”

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