My Best Friend's Death – Maria's Tribute to Belle

by Maria Williams, advocate I lost my best friend Belle Piazza a short time ago. As I sit here rereading through the email she sent me regarding her final wishes, I find something I had either forgotten or suppressed. She asked with great clarity to…

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Saying Goodbyes

As long as we live, they too will live;
 for they are now a part of us, as we remember them. (Excerpt from the poem, “We Remember Them” – Author Unknown) The last two weeks have taken a toll on the colorectal cancer community. Many of…

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Earlier End-of-Life Talk Associated with Less Aggressive Late Care

Early discussions about desired end-of-life care, among patients with incurable cancer, were associated with less aggressive treatment in the last month of life, according to a study published this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (Nov. 13 online ahead of print). The American Society…

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"Isn't Hospice End-of-Life Care?"

Fight Colorectal Cancer’s September 2012 patient webinar focused on issues that run rampant with misunderstanding and fear: palliative and hospice care. Dr. Jim Meadows, Director of Palliative and Hospice Care at Tennessee Oncology, led the webinar. He spoke at length about palliative care, but not…

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Sept 2012 Webinar: Hospice and Palliative Care

Dr. Jim Meadows, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at Tennessee Oncology, will discuss this months webinar topic. He will address questions like: How does a family and a health care team best work together to guide a patient through a terminal illness? How does…

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No More Room in the Bucket

[Our dear friend and advocate Pat Steer passed away on July 17, 2012. This was the last blog post she wrote for us.] My friend Janet asked me last week if there were still things I wished I could do, any unfinished things on my…

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Early Palliative Care Increases Survival Time

Should cancer care focused on quality of life wait until all treatment ends?  Or can it be integrated with medical treatment as soon as someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness? In a study of 150 advanced lung cancer patients, starting palliative care along with…

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Physical Therapy Helps Fatigue in Hospice Patients

Dying cancer patients had less fatigue and their physical symptoms improved when they had physical therapy three times a week. Control group patients who were not included in the PT program had both physical symptoms and quality of life get worse, even over two weeks…

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Massage Briefly Eases Pain and Helps Mood for Dying Cancer Patients

Massage from a trained massage therapist gave pain relief and raised moods for dying cancer patients immediately after each treatment.  However, the effects didn’t last over time. Researchers compared the effects of simple touch to therapeutic massage for 380 patients in a hospice program.  Randomly,…

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