Session at the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, © ASCO/Todd Buchanan 2016

The 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium took place September 9-10 in San Francisco, California.

Study reveals barriers to accessing palliative care services



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Kathryn Hutchins
©ASCO/Todd Buchanan 2016

Patients may face challenges when trying to access palliative and supportive care services at cancer centers, a new study suggests. Researchers took a “mystery shopper” approach and placed calls to cancer centers inquiring about palliative and supportive care services for a family member. The callers sometimes had difficulty obtaining... [Read Article]

Cancer patients’ caregivers may carry greater burden



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Erin Kent, PhD
©ASCO/Todd Buchanan 2016

New research suggests caring for a loved one with cancer may be more burdensome than caring for a loved one with a different condition. Researchers analyzed data from “Caregiving in the U.S. 2015,” an online panel study of unpaid adult caregivers. The team compared cancer and non-cancer caregivers... [Read Article]

Improving communication between cancer pts and docs



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Ronald M. Epstein, MD
©ASCO/Todd Buchanan 2016

Results of the VOICE study showed that training advanced cancer patients and their oncologists on how to communicate resulted in more clinically meaningful discussions between the parties. However, these discussions did not significantly improve patients’ understanding of their prognosis, have a significant impact on their quality of... [Read Article]