Jul 29, 2014 — Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.
Mar 4, 2014 — No one wants to die in the hospital, hooked to a ventilator. But undergoing chemotherapy just to ease symptoms or to buy a bit more time increases that likelihood for patients with terminal cancer.
Dec 16, 2013 — Dr. Tim Ihrig has almost become a member of the Avelleyra family. He's helping Augie and Phyllis, who've been married 60 years, lead the best lives they can under trying health circumstances. When Phyllis was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, Ihrig asked what she wanted from the rest of her life.
Jul 4, 2013 — For 20 years, Linda Smith was a successful ER doctor. But she started to regret doing painful procedures on patients without having the time to sit down and talk with them. So she became a palliative care doctor, one of a growing number helping people deal with life-threatening illnesses.
Apr 5, 2013 — Some advocates argue that primary care doctors, surgeons and other specialists could add palliative medicine to their usual care. Removing bottlenecks for certification of palliative care specialists could also help.
Mar 28, 2013 — The most prestigious medical institutions now encourage patients to blog their experiences with serious illness through sites like CaringBridge and CarePages. Palliative care experts say these tools and social media may be helping us all become more open to talking about death.
Oct 25, 2012 — A survey finds that the majority of advanced stage lung and colon cancer patients believe chemotherapy might cure them, when it can actually only buy them a few months. Oncologists are worried about how this impacts end-of-life decision making.
Mar 29, 2011 — Patients often welcome palliative care once it is explained that it can be more than hospice care. Many doctors, on the other hand, are still slow to embrace the approach.