April 24, 2019 | Michael Easterling and Samantha Bonar
City of Hope’s bone marrow transplant program recently performed the procedure on its 15,000th patient, a remarkable milestone considering that the initiative started with just two physicians, three beds and guarded expectations in 1976.
Clinical social workers help navigate complex cultural issues
May 23, 2019 | Bob Young
Because language and cultural differences can be serious obstacles for cancer patients and their families seeking medical and emotional support, using bilingual clinical social workers to coordinate care and offer counseling is key.
Clinical social workers and the science of caring
April 17, 2019 | Bob Young
Clinical social workers identify sources of distress and teach coping skills to manage the challenges that come with treatment. They also connect patients to community resources for mental health services, as well as financial and transportation assistance.
Caring for the caregivers: Palliative physicians support more than patients
February 21, 2019 | Malcolm Bedell
Palliative care physicians specialize in relieving suffering and improving quality of life for patients at any stage of cancer treatment. This whole-body, holistic care can extend beyond the patient to include resources and support for caregivers and loved ones.
With palliative physicians, treatment options never run out
February 18, 2019 | Malcolm Bedell
Many of the members of the cancer care team need to be focused on the disease itself. Palliative care physicians take more of a holistic approach, more patient-focused.
Palliative care vs. hospice care: What's the difference?
February 8, 2019 | Jenny Peters
For many patients, the words “palliative care" strike a chord of fear, as they closely associate that term with "hospice care" and end-of-life treatment. But they are not the same thing.
The science of spirituality: Fighting cancer from within
January 7, 2019 | Dory Benford
People being treated for cancer are used to being asked how they feel: Are you tired today? Nauseous? In pain? But Terry L. Irish, Rev., D. Min., B.C.C., puts a different spin on the question.
Symptom managers: The critical role of palliative medicine
December 7, 2018 | Dory Benford
We spoke to Purvi Patel, M.D., assistant clinical professor, Department of Supportive Care Medicine, about the role of palliative medicine in cancer care.
City of Hope physician addresses grief in powerful new paper
October 26, 2018 | Robert Young
City of Hope's Chandana Banerjee, M.D., M.P.A., had a childhood dream to become a writer or poet, but when an unexpected and life-changing tragedy struck, she used her experience focused on helping patients deal with grief.