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ESMO 2012 emphasizes palliative care: 16 new ESMO Designated Centers of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care honored New research providing snap-shot of palliative care in Italy
Researchers who surveyed more than 3,000 cancer patients found that nearly two-thirds said they were in pain or receiving pain medications. Roughly a third felt they needed more painkillers to fully treat their symptoms.
Many people think that you go to hospice to die, but hospice is not about death at all, it is about preserving the quality of life, said former Bafana Bafana captain, Lucas Radebe.
The government's decision to relax regulations on morphine availability for terminally ill patients suffering from diseases such as cancer and HIV is certainly welcome.
While the new investment from the U.S. government in HIV and AIDS will undoubtedly make treatment available to more people who need it, we will never reverse the crippling effects of this 100 percent preventable
In developing countries, the number of new cases identified continues to grow through both improved diagnosis and lifestyle changes, intensifying a
A two-day progress review meeting with a focus on improving pain management in public hospitals in Africa, organized through partnership between the African Palliative Care Association (APCA), and the Ministry of Health, came to a close yesterday in Kigali.
For the terminally-ill people, each passing day is a minus on their lifespan. While every human being is aware that death is bound to come someday, death stares these ones in the face almost every second.
The Head of the Hospice and Palliative Care unit, University College Hospital, Ibadan & Centre for Palliative Care, Nigeria, Prof. Olaitan Soyannwo, in this interview with Bukola Adebayo sheds light on the need to improve palliative care for patients with terminal illness in the country
Twenty-one-year-old Paul Isabirye lies snoring at about 11:00am on a bed in the two-room house his parents rent in Nakabango village in Mafubira sub-county, Jinja district. Hearing him snore creates an illusion of someone enjoying the world he is lost in. However, the chilling reality only surfaces when his parents wake him to greet us.
Patients are still dying in agony despite concerned efforts over many years to change attitudes towards the use and control of opiates. Could a new initiative, which works with NGOs, governments and policy makers to address practical problems, finally hit the spot?
Many ill South Africans live and die suffering from unnecessary and excruciating pain. It is estimated that almost all HIV patients (96 percent) and more than two in three (70 percent) cancer patients experience severe pain during the course of their disease because they do not have access to cheap and effective pain medication
If current population trends continue, the number of people with cancer worldwide will go up to 22.2 million by 2030, up from 12.7 million in 2008, according to a study published in The Lancet on Thursday. Cases are expected to surge in poorer parts of the world, which are ill-equipped to handle the burden.
Many people being treated for cancer may still be getting inadequate pain relief, particularly black and Hispanic patients, a new study suggests.
"The burning in the lungs was the worst part, and there's not much that you can do for that." Sixty-year-old Johnie Bennett of Newhall, Calif., was diagnosed with lung cancer about a year and a half ago. The disease not only threatened her life, but it meant that she was in constant pain. Bennett said she coughed so much that she broke numerous ribs.
Researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have found that over 33.3% of individuals suffering from invasive cancer do not receive sufficient pain medication, with minorities twice as likely not to receive analgesics.
Throughout their careers, pain specialists must work to address common patient misconceptions surrounding pain treatment and outcomes. Here, five specialists discuss some of the more prevalent patient myths they encounter.
"A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels." -- Albert Einstein, 1946. The other day I received a call from a doctor in Maine asking to talk to me about the comprehensive pain management programs that I help run here in California.
Chronic pain isn
Pain is prevalent among patients with cancer, yet pain management patterns in outpatient oncology are poorly understood.
It was the type of conversation that Dr. Claire Trescott dreads: telling physicians that they are not cutting it. But the large health care system here that Dr. Trescott helps manage has placed controls on how painkillers are prescribed, like making sure doctors do not prescribe too much.
For the past month and a half Yuvraj Singh and his mother Shabnam have been living in a three-room apartment in Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana State in the US. It is bitterly cold outside, with temperatures ranging from -1 to -5 degrees centigrade. The chill, which extenuates the feeling of
related stories Yuvraj Singh happy with recovery status loneliness, permeates inside the apartment, where one of India's finest cricketers is battling a cancer which the doctors say is on its way out of his system.