Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight
This week in health care trends, our cancer supportive care spotlight includes the need for more physician palliative care training, the growth of the North American cancer supportive care market, and palliative care in emergency medicine.
The articles below are from our dedicated Cancer Supportive Care e-magazine. Check it out, or just watch for the links to this and our other magazines in our regular weekly BioBlog emails. (Don’t get our emails yet? Subscribe here!)
This article argues that doctors and nurses need to receive more and better training to have discussions about palliative care, because “even among the tiny minority of people who prepare advance directives, few grasp what they’re deciding.”
Treating the Cancer Patient, Not Just the Patient’s Cancer
This piece from MD Anderson takes a look at one patient’s cancer journey and delves into the reasons why palliative care is so important: “Oncologists treat the patient’s cancer; palliative care teams treat the cancer patient. The emphasis is on the patient’s needs, not the disease.”
According to this article, the North American cancer treatment market is expected to grow substantially, primarily due to “rise in prevalence rate of various forms of cancer such as lung cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia,” as well as “increasing burden of cancer among the geriatric population and increased focus on retaining superior quality of life.”
In this article, Professor Ian Rodgers reflects on his time on a sabbatical for palliative care: “To fully understand a patient’s perspective of what they want takes time, a scarce resource in ED. The task itself made even harder by the patients being so unwell that staying alive, is at the moment, a greater focus than being understood.”