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 standard life-prolonging treatment when patients were first diagnosed not only improved…  Read More

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 of observation. Patients in the study were part of a hospice…  Read More

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, some patients received up to six 30-minutes massages over a three…  Read More