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publication date: Jun 2, 2016
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Palliative Care

Study: Early Palliative Care Provides Benefits for Family Caregivers of Patients

 

Introducing palliative care shortly after a cancer diagnosis results in better quality of life and fewer depression symptoms for family caregivers, according to a randomized clinical trial.

“This study suggests that early palliative care creates a powerful positive feedback loop in families facing cancer,” said lead study author Areej El-Jawahri, director of Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. “While patients receive a direct benefit from early palliative care, their caregivers experience a positive downstream effect, which may make it easier for them to care for their loved ones.”



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