Today is the beginning of a two-day Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium taking place in Boston, October 24 through October 25, 2014. While I was not able to attend this informative meeting, it seems as though the turnout is pretty significant judging by the flurry of social media posts today.
The large turnout definitely demonstrates that there truly is an interest and need to spread the word on palliative care. As I frequently perused my Twitter feed today, I just thought I would highlight some of the topics being discussed by many of the attendees at the symposium:
Data show that patients really don't understand the word "palliative." But physicians may not either.
Nurses' critical roles in building palliative care teams.
Patients are interested in nutriceutical/naturopathic remedies for late-effect symptoms.
These are all important areas to address, but the one that really resonated with me was the fact that people in general do not understand what the word "palliative" means -- we still have a lot of work to do.
Did any of you attend this meeting? If so, which topics did you find interesting? Are you currently addressing the above concerns with your own cancer patients?
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