Appointment of Health Care Proxies Could Ease Burdens for Patients, Families

According to a study published in Critical Care Medicine, ?Most chronically critically ill patients fail to designate a surrogate decision-maker or express preferences regarding life-sustaining treatments.?

Hospice Care Still Underutilized and Misunderstood

Expert Says Patients Need Not Have Cancer or Be Imminently Dying to Enroll

Bone Cement Eases Pain of Late-Stage Cancers

Injecting "bone cement" into lesions in patients whose cancer has spread to their bones can literally allow these individuals to rise from their deathbeds and live the remainder of their lives relatively pain-free.

Combo Treatment for Aggressive Brain Tumor May Lengthen Life

Treatment with a combination of the chemotherapy drug temozolomide and radiotherapy increases survival for glioblastoma brain tumor patients better than radiotherapy alone, and the improvement persists for up to five years, say Swiss researchers.

Dying Feel Abandoned by Docs in the End

When there's no more that can be done for terminally ill patients, and the focus of care turns to keeping them comfortable before death, many feel as if their doctors have abandoned them, new research finds.

Hospice: An Overlooked Option

Hospice care helps terminally ill patients prepare for death, treating their symptoms and pain and preparing them -- and their families -- for the end. The patients maintain their dignity and some semblance of control over their life.

A Report Published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine Raises Concern about the Quality of End-of-Life Care in the United States

Areas with high transfer rates of elderly patients with advanced dementia are more likely to have feeding tube placement.