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$1.5 million awarded for palliative care research to improve care of seriously ill patients
Date:5/18/2009

New York, NY The American Cancer Society and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) are awarding $1.5 million in research grants to researchers at eleven institutions for studies aimed at reducing suffering for seriously ill patients and their family caregivers. The studies will be conducted over the next two years. The NPCRC, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, has directed over $5 million towards supporting 38 palliative care research projects since starting this initiative three years ago.

"The physical and emotional symptoms that accompany chronic and serious illness like cancer cause so much suffering and yet have rarely been the focus of medical research or research funding" noted NPCRC Director R. Sean Morrison, M.D., who is also professor of Palliative Care, Geriatrics and Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "It is my belief that if we are truly going to improve the quality of life for adults and children with chronic illness, then we need to focus our energies equally on disease specific treatments and on the physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms that accompany chronic illness and cause so much distress and suffering. Supporting evidenced-based research is a critical first step in the right direction," he noted.

Palliative care focuses on relieving suffering and supporting the best possible quality of life for adults and children living with serious illness. It is a field comprised of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists who care for patients with chronic illnesses, functional impairment, and a high burden of family caregiving responsibilities. It is provided at the same time as all other appropriate medical treatments.

The collaborative initiative between the American Cancer Society and the National Palliative Care Research Center is designed to support clinician investigators conducting patient-oriented research in palliative care in hopes of bringing more f
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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
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