Third Issue, Series Two Hospice Care

Hospice Care: Providing Critical Support to Patients and Families

It is my privilege to bring to you the next edition of Conquering the Cancer Care Continuum series. This issue, which focuses specifically on hospice options, is one I believe to be vitally important to read. Hopefully, concepts addressed here will be adopted as new and better ways of supporting [ Read More ]

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG

Hospice Care Options: A Pharmacist’s Perspective

HW is a 71-year-old male diagnosed with a recurrence of colorectal cancer in the spring of 2012 with radiographically confirmed metastases bilaterally in his lungs and throughout his liver. Palliative chemotherapy was undertaken at that time with initial response documented by CT scan and serum CEA monitoring. However, within the [ Read More ]

Steve Stricker, PharmD, MS, BCOP

Hospice Care Options: A Nurse’s Perspective

Linda is a 62-year-old nonsmoker who eats a vegetarian diet and walks 3 miles 3 days a week. Despite her healthy lifestyle, Linda developed a nonproductive cough in May 2012 that kept her up at night. The coughing became progressively worse, so she was evaluated by her primary care provider. [ Read More ]

Beth Faiman, PhD(c), MSN, APRN-BC, AOCN

Hospice Care Options: A Physician’s Perspective

Each year in the United States, over 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer and nearly 600,000 will die of cancer. While cure rates for certain cancers have increased over the decades and survival has lengthened for many incurable cancers, ultimately the vast majority of patients with metastatic disease from [ Read More ]

Jeffery A. Meyerhardt, MD, MPH