Nurses call for improvement of palliative care for cancer patients

New study finds information regarding when and how cancer patients are referred to palliative care should be a higher priority.

Researchers from the University of Surrey in England have found palliative and end-of-life care information is a priority for cancer patients.

The study surveyed 18 cancer patients and 50 oncology nurses on areas they want to see as part of future research in improving patient care.

The cancer patients surveyed identified palliative and end-of-life care as priorities in oncology care, while oncology nurses prioritized the use of eHealth and technology to manage cancer symptoms at home. Patients also identified cognitive changes from cancer treatment as a priority for future research.

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