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Stories tagged 'End-of-life decisions'

Keeping cancer a secret

Why some patients don’t divulge their diagnoses — and how oncologists guide them through their chosen seclusion

Aug. 29, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

In a tell-all, social-media age when many people share news of their sniffles or their cancers, some patients still opt to keep their disease on the down low.

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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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