“Palliative care” is supportive care, not hospice care

On October 17 (next Monday) at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, our friends at CureTalks will be running a call-in teleconference on palliative care for cancer patients that may be of interest to some of our readers. … READ MORE …

Palliative care vs. hospice care; there is a difference

Another interesting media story — particularly for those men and their families who are dealing with very late stage forms of prostate cancer — if the one about palliative care published yesterday in the San Francisco Chronicle. Palliative care (as opposed to hospice care) is a growing option for many who live in or near major metropolitan centers here in the USA.

New guidance from ASCO on the role of palliative care in cancer therapy

The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has just released a formal “provisional clinical opinion” on the integration of palliative care into standard care for patients with cancer. The full text of this article is available on line. … READ MORE …