ASCO Palliative and Supportive Care Conference Coverage

Time To Have The Talk! Sex And The Cancer Patient

(Medscape Medical News) Nov 7, 2017 - That is a question that a great many cancer patients would love to hear from their oncologists, but unfortunately, sexuality is not a topic that gets much attention.

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Early Palliative Care Is Key Driver in Reducing Costs

(Medscape Medical News) Oct 30, 2017 - Palliative care can substantially reduce healthcare costs for advanced cancer patients, and when initiated early, it is a key driver in lowering expenditures, according to a new study.

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Psychological Roots of Palliative Care Benefit in Cancer

(Medscape Medical News) Oct 30, 2017 - A new study demonstrates that early palliative care can improve coping strategies, which appear to be associated with the downstream effects of enhancing QOL and reducing depressive symptoms.

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2 Things that Go Together: Yoga and Advanced Lung Cancer

(Medscape Medical News) Oct 23, 2017 - Patients with advanced lung cancer are not stereotypical yoga practitioners, but a new study indicates they benefit, including from breathing exercises, or pranayama.

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Patients With Cancer Appreciate Undivided Attention From Doctors

(CUREToday.com) Oct 23, 2017 - Specifically, the study demonstrated that patients with advanced cancer prefer that their physicians speak with them while holding a note pad, rather than while typing into computers that link to electronic health records.

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Older Adults with AML Don't Understand the Risks and Likely Outcomes of Treatment

(CUREToday.com) Oct 23, 2017 - Older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) often face a difficult choice: risky, intensive chemotherapy that offers a small chance of a cure versus non-intensive chemotherapy meant to improve physical comfort and quality of life.

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Resilience Intervention Improves Well-Being in Young Patients With Cancer

(2017 Palliative & Supportive Care In Oncology Symposium) Oct 23, 2017 — A new randomized clinical trial of a pilot program found that a brief in-person intervention can improve psychosocial health in a particularly vulnerable population – adolescents and young adults living with cancer.

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Yoga Can Be an Effective Supportive Therapy for People With Lung Cancer and Their Caregivers

(2017 Palliative & Supportive Care In Oncology Symposium) Oct 23, 2017 – In a feasibility trial of people with advanced lung cancer receiving radiation therapy, and their caregivers, yoga was beneficial to both parties.

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Patients Prefer Doctors Not Use Computers in Exam Room

(2017 Palliative & Supportive Care In Oncology Symposium) Oct 23, 2017 – A new study suggests that people with advanced cancer prefer doctors communicate with them face-to-face with just a notepad in hand rather than repeatedly using a computer.

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People With Leukemia and Their Oncologists Have Vastly Different Perceptions of Prognosis

(2017 Palliative & Supportive Care In Oncology Symposium) Oct 23, 2017 – A study of 100 people with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) receiving chemotherapy found that patient and physician perceptions of treatment risk and the likelihood of a cure varied widely.

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Intervention Improves Psychosocial Wellbeing of Adolescent and Young Patients With Cancer

(CUREToday.com) Oct 23, 2017 - Targeted intervention is effective in improving psychosocial stress experienced by many adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer, according to a study released ahead of the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium to be held Oct. 27-28 in San Diego.

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