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Useless Treatments Common in Young, Terminal Cancer Patients June 06, 2016

3 in 4 get aggressive therapies with painful side effects in last months of their lives, study finds

Early Palliative Care Seems to Help Caregivers, Too May 18, 2016

Such programs improve quality of life for folks caring for terminal cancer patients, study finds

Cancer Patients Who Choose to Die at Home Live Longer: Study March 28, 2016

They and their families should make choice based on preference, researchers say

Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study February 08, 2016

Findings led to an increase in Medicare payments to improve care, researchers say

Terminal Cancer Patients in U.S. Less Likely to Die in Hospitals January 19, 2016

Study compares end-of-life practices in seven countries

Families Say Hospice Better Than Hospital for Dying Cancer Patients January 19, 2016

Doctors need to heed preferences of patients, prepare for end of life sooner, experts say

Doctors Choose Less Aggressive Care at End of Life, Studies Reveal January 19, 2016

Findings suggest they understand limits of modern medicine better than the patients they treat do

Families of Critically Ill Patients Need Extra Support, Too December 31, 2015

Tips for coping when a loved one is in the ICU

End-of-Life Talk Often Comes Too Late for Blood Cancer Patients December 21, 2015

Study found most lymphoma, leukemia specialists don't discuss hospice care until death is imminent

Dying at Home Brings More Peace Without More Pain, Study Finds October 09, 2015

Patients and loved ones found greater comfort spending final days together in familiar place

No Change in Number of 'Living Wills' by U.S. Cancer Patients: Study July 09, 2015

A second study finds many younger cancer patients still receive treatment, even as they near death

Doctors Can Influence End-of-Life Care June 08, 2015

Terminally ill patients of physicians who frequently refer to hospice more likely to choose it, study says

Hospice May Help Ease Depression After Loss of Spouse May 26, 2015

Study suggests improved coping for those whose loved ones had end-of-life care

Nursing Homes Using Hospice Care More, But at a Cost May 06, 2015

Spending increased about $6,800 for those getting end-of-life comfort care, study says

Researchers Identify 8 Signs of Impending Death February 09, 2015

Findings could help families prepare and aid in end-of-life care choices

Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year February 02, 2015

Study finds significant increase in symptoms, despite efforts to improve end-of-life care

Cancer Patients in Hospice Face Less Aggressive Treatment: Study November 11, 2014

More health care strategies and costs seen for non-hospice patients at end of life

Many Americans May Get Hospice Care Too Late November 03, 2014

A third die within a week of beginning palliative care, experts say

End-of-Life Care Discussions May Miss Patient Priorities November 03, 2014

Care preferences, prognosis, values, fears important to the ill and their family

Parenthood May Push Cancer Patients to Seek More Treatment October 15, 2014

They may choose aggressive therapy in attempt to have more time with children, study finds

Choosing Hospice Care Isn't Always Easy July 07, 2014

Best time to check out options is before you need them, suggests expert

Many With Heart Failure Aren't Told About End-of-Life Care: Study June 04, 2014

Survey found nearly a third of health-care providers lacked confidence to discuss the topic with patients

Doctor's View of Hospice Influences Talks With Patients, Study Finds December 16, 2013

If physicians are more likely to opt for this type of care for themselves, they're more likely to discuss it

Most Americans Don't Deal With End-of-Life Issues, Study Finds December 10, 2013

Lack of awareness was most common reason cited for not having a living will

Disability Often Goes Hand-in-Hand With Old Age July 08, 2013

Study findings should serve as wake-up call for U.S. and its aging population, experts say

Study Links Coffee to Lower Risk for Rare Liver Disease May 20, 2013

Separate report calls for more hospice care for terminal cirrhosis patients

U.S. Heart Failure Costs Could Skyrocket: Report April 24, 2013

Better awareness, prevention and treatment are crucial, experts say

Physician-Assisted Suicide Program Rarely Used, Study Finds April 10, 2013

Terminally ill patients in Washington state not rushing to get lethal prescriptions or use them

Doctors Don't Ask About End-of-Life Plans, Study Finds April 01, 2013

Many patients' charts don't reflect their final wishes, Canadian researchers say

Too Few Americans Pass Last Days in Hospice Care: CDC March 27, 2013

Report highlights need for alternative care at end of life, expert says

Shift to Hospice Care Often Comes Too Late, Study Finds February 05, 2013

Almost a third of patients didn't get palliative care until final three days of life, often after ICU stay

Palliative Care Eases Suffering for Seniors at End of Life: Study December 20, 2012

Such patients in long-term care were less depressed, had fewer ER visits

Later End-of-Life Discussions May Mean More Aggressive Treatment November 13, 2012

Study suggests earlier talks might contribute to care aimed at easing suffering

Many Terminal Cancer Patients Put False Hope in Chemo, Study Finds October 24, 2012

Doctors must improve their message, researchers say

Use of Medicare Skilled Nursing Benefit Is High at End of Life: Study October 02, 2012

Financial concerns may deter many from using hospice provision, researchers say

Older Americans Living Longer, But Becoming More Obese August 16, 2012

Government report on seniors also found more working women, higher housing costs

Minorities Less Likely to Use Hospice Care: Study June 29, 2012

Finding suggests there are differences that need to be addressed, researcher says

Rare Drug-Resistant Bacteria Spotted in U.S. Hospital June 21, 2012

Swift treatment, stronger infection control prevented spread

Fatigue in COPD Patients Often Precedes Hospitalization: Study June 14, 2012

Low energy is common in people with the respiratory condition

Hope and Optimism May Cloud Judgment in ICUs March 07, 2012

Family members tend to put good spin on bad news, which may lead to poor decisions, researchers say

Heart Failure Patients Urged to Discuss Care With Docs March 05, 2012

An open dialogue can inform decisions on treatment options