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Groups award $2 million for palliative care research to improve care of seriously ill patients
Date:6/21/2011

r work is to develop a structured approach to help reduce the burden of unnecessary medication use in older adults with life limiting illness.

Massachusetts General Hospital- William Pirl, M.D., M.P.H. is the director of The Center for Psychiatric Oncology and Behavioral Sciences at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Pirl's project focuses on the timely topic of testing tumors for gene mutations (tumor genotyping), which guides the selection of chemotherapies for stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The goal of this study is to examine relationships among tumor genotypes, levels of serum cytokines and growth factors, sleep disturbance, and depression in a sample of individuals with stage IV NSCLC.

University of Iowa - Michelle Weckmann M.D., M.S. is an Assistant Professor at The University of Iowa. Dr. Weckmann project will look at delirium - a distressing syndrome commonly seen in cancer patients. There is some evidence that delirium can be prevented and her study will explore the use of a medication used to treat delirium (haloperidol). In Dr. Weckmann's study, haloperidol will be given prophylactically (before delirium develops) to cancer patients who are admitted to the hospital for a bone marrow transplant to determine if it is well tolerated and if it will prevent delirium from developing.

NPCRC Junior Faculty Career Development Award Recipients

Harvard Medical School/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Tracy A. Balboni, M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician in Radiation Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Balboni will examine how specific advanced cancer patient religious/spiritual beliefs and attitudes influence patient quality of life near death and medical care received in the final month of life. This research will inform the development of a spiritual care intervention aiming to improve patient well-b
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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
Source:Eurekalert

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