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Family Cancer Retreat in New Mexico

Are you are person living with cancer in New Mexico? Do you and your family need some time together to learn about managing the challenges of treatment and survivorship? The Cancer Services of New Mexico offers a three-day escape from the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer this September when the whole family can take part in the Family Cancer Retreat. The entire weekend is free, but is open only to New Mexico residents. 

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: May 15

Despite more resources in large cities, patients were more often diagnosed with cancer at a late stage in cities in Illinois compared to rural areas. Phone calls and personalized diet and exercise plans helped long-term cancer survivors lose weight and gain strength, and scientists have found changes in the blood of family caregivers that promote inflammation and may lead to illness. In other headlines, both patients and doctors liked virtual, computer videoconferencing visits, and the FDA reports that shortages of fentanyl patches have been resolved.

Cancer Health Care Providers Face Compassion Fatigue

Working every day with cancer patients, many of whom will not get better, can leave health care staff exhausted and demoralized. The term compassion fatigue began to be used in the 1990′s to describe physical and emotional affects sometimes experienced by health care professionals caring for patients facing  limited possibilities of recovery.   It goes beyond empathy or feeling bad  for their patients and leads to setting up walls of distance from patients as a means of self-protection. Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute reviewed almost sixty studies of compassion fatigue, finding that it often takes a toll not only on the health care workers who experience it

Medical Visit Companions Improve Experience for Older Patients

When a companion accompanies an older patient to a routine medical visit, the patients report higher satisfaction with the doctor’s skills and the information they received. In a study of over 12,000 Medicare beneficiaries, nearly 40 percent had someone come with them to their medical appointments. More than half were spouses, about a third were adult children. Other companions included roommates, friends, neighbors, and other relatives. Older and less-educated patients and those who were in poorer health, were more likely to have someone come to the doctor with them. On average, accompanied patients had twice the Medicare medical expenses.

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