Understanding Palliative Care
Our brochure helps educate cancer patients and their caregivers about palliative care and its benefits. From where you can find it to how you receive it, the brochure can help cancer patients access this important level of medical care.
Palliative care can be especially important to childhood cancer patients and their families since many endure life-altering and life-threatening symptoms, side effects and late effects resulting from treatment. Our brochure includes information to help families access this important level of medical care.
This new federal initiative is working to improve the quality of life for cancer patients during and after treatment. A critical first step was the introduction of two bills in the 113th Congress that support the growing field of palliative care.
Over the last ten years palliative care has been one of the fastest growing trends in health care. In fact, the number of palliative care programs within hospital settings has increased approximately 138%, from more than 600 in 2000 to more than 1500 today.
This video from the Center to Advance Palliative Care explores palliative care, and follows the experience of Joyce Jann and her family, as they work with a palliative care team at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Florida.
Studies and Journal Articles
Living Life In My Own Way--And Dying That Way As Well
By Amy Berman
Cost Savings Associated With US Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Programs
Written for the Palliative Care Leadership Center's Outcomes Group
Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer
Early Specialty Palliative Care — Translating Data in Oncology into Practice
By Ravi B. Parikh, A.B., Rebecca A. Kirch, J.D., Thomas J. Smith, M.D., and Jennifer S. Temel, M.D.
Palliative Care and the Quality of Life
By Dr. Diane E. Meier and Dr. Otis W. Brawley
Palliative Care Consultation Teams Cut Hospital Costs For Medicaid Beneficiaries
Research Commissioned by the Center to Advance Palliative Care
The Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG) at the University of Wisconsin in cooperation with the American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation have released a report grading states on laws and regulatory policies related to pain management.
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October 6, 2014:
600 Advocates Meet with Lawmakers at Annual ACS CAN Lobby Day
September 12, 2014:
New Palliative Care Brochure for Childhood Cancer