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

en well studied. This study will pave the way toward a larger, interventional study of palliative care patients and their sexual health.

University of California, San Francisco - Michael Rabow, M.D., an associate professor of clinical medicine in the division of general internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will evaluate the clinical efficacy, family caregiver outcomes, and health care utilization impacts of a surgical oncologic/palliative care co-management model for patients with bladder cancer to determine an intervention able to decrease suffering and improve well-being among bladder cancer patients and families. Elucidating the benefits of concurrent disease and symptom care may provide an innovative model that is broadly useful in the outpatient care of patients with other life-threatening cancers.

Harvard Medical School - Jennifer Temel, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician in thoracic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, will conduct a study to encourage oncology clinicians to discuss and document their patient's goals of care and end-of-life care wishes. The intervention will involve an electronic reminder, sent via email, which contains pertinent information about the patients' disease and prognosis and resources to assist the clinician with the conversation.

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine Jamie H. Von Roenn, M.D., a professor of medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, is a medical oncologist and expert in palliative medicine. She is Medical Director of the Palliative Care and Home Hospice Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a full member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, will conduct a randomized study to examine the effects of a tailored physical therapy program on patients with advanced cancer newly hospitalized on the inpatient o
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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
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