Quality Cancer Care

Patients Receive Better Care When Radiation Oncologists and Palliative Care Specialists Work Together

October 5, 2015

Palliative care focuses on preventing, managing, and relieving the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment. It also provides comprehensive support to people living with cancer and their family, friends, and caregivers. At Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, doctors are trying an innovative new approach to caring for patients with advanced cancer who need radiation therapy, typically for cancer that has spread. In this approach, patients are evaluated by both radiation oncologists and specialists in palliative care.

Some People with Melanoma May Not Need Extensive Lymph Node Surgery

ASCO Annual Meeting
May 30, 2015

According to the results of a recent study, people who have surgery to remove lymph nodes near a melanoma tumor live the same amount of time as those who are watched closely for signs of cancer. Lymph nodes are tiny, bean-shaped organs that fight infection. During melanoma surgery, doctors look for cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes. If melanoma is found in these lymph nodes, there is a higher risk of the cancer coming back after treatment.

Nearly a Third of Patients with Cancer Experience Anxiety or Other Mental Health Challenges

JCO Research Round Up
October 16, 2014 

One in three patients with cancer experiences anxiety or other mental health challenges, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This is the largest and most comprehensive study to date assessing the mental and emotional health of patients with cancer using a standardized, diagnostic face-to-face interview.

Caregivers who Receive Palliative Care Support Immediately After an Advanced Cancer Diagnosis Have a Better Quality of Life

ASCO Annual Meeting
May 30, 2014

A new study demonstrates the benefits of a phone-based palliative care support program for caregivers of people with advanced cancer. The results suggest that the earlier palliative care services are introduced to caregivers, the better they will be able to cope with the caregiving experience.

Stopping the Use of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Near the End of Life Improves Quality of Life

ASCO Annual Meeting
May 30, 2014

According to new research, people who are expected to live less than a year can safely stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, without shortening their lives. In fact, discontinuing statins provided a number of important benefits, including reducing symptoms, having to take fewer pills, and improving overall quality of life.

Required Palliative Care Discussions can Lead to Improved Quality of Life for Patients and Caregivers

Quality Care Symposium
October 29, 2013

As part of a recent initiative, Mount Sinai Hospital created standardized criteria for identifying patients who are most likely to benefit from a discussion of palliative care options. Palliative care is intended to ease a patient’s symptoms and side effects, as well as support a patient’s physical, emotional, and social needs.


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