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Palliative care: It’s not what you think (or fear)

Stigma keeps many cancer patients from using a service that offers much-needed help to the sick as well as the dying

April 26, 2017 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Palliative care isn't just about easing suffering at end of life. It’s also appropriate for patients dealing with pain or side effects anywhere along the cancer continuum. But not all patients, or doctors, realize this. Two Fred Hutch experts discuss the latest research, and the stigma, surrounding this crucial type of care.

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Good News at Fred Hutch

Celebrating faculty and staff achievements

Feb. 2, 2017

Novel gene therapy for sickle cell disease and related disorders on the horizon; immunotherapy trial in rare skin cancer named one of 2016’s major advances in clinical cancer research and care; Dr. Cara McDermott receives AcademyHealth new investigator award; and study documents sperm changes years after chemotherapy.

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Screening tool aims to better identify distressed patients

Caring for patients doesn’t just mean physically; a new tool helps doctors find, and support, those struggling with depression and other forms of psychosocial distress

Feb. 5, 2016 | By Susan Keown / Fred Hutch News Service

To ensure that patients and their families are connected with supportive services that can improve their overall wellbeing, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance — Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s patient-care arm — is implementing systematic screening for psychological and social concerns, with referrals to supportive services, for all new patients.

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Good News at Fred Hutch

Celebrating faculty and staff achievements

Nov. 19, 2015 | By Fred Hutch News Service staff

More than a dozen Fred Hutch scientists and staff participated in the ninth annual Life Sciences Research Weekend Nov. 6-8 at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Read about this and more Good News at Fred Hutch.

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‘The care you want at a pivotal time in your life’

Medicare to reimburse for end-of-life conversations between doctors and patients

July 9, 2015 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Medicare announced yesterday that it plans to reimburse for discussions between terminal patients and doctors about end-of-life care, a much-needed change in policy that has been lauded by many patient advocate organizations and health care providers.

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Patients take a starring role to define, shape palliative care

Improving value, decreasing human and financial costs of cancer are the focus of Palliative Care Quality Measurement Summit

May 19, 2015 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Cancer patients were the star participants at a palliative care summit held May 15 in Seattle. The Palliative Care Quality Measurement Summit, co-sponsored by Fred Hutch and the University of Washington, was the latest in a series of community meetings designed to increase value and decrease the human and financial cost of cancer care.

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