Anti-PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitors: Decoding the mystery

July 24, 2019 | City of Hope

An study conducted by Michael Caligiuri, M.D., and Jianhua Yu, Ph.D., unveiled why anti-PD-L1 monoclonal antibodies (mAb) are still effective in fighting tumors that lack PD-L1 receptors on their cells.

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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.

5 tips for battling cancer-related fatigue

February 6, 2019 | City of Hope

Fatigue is not inevitable. If you’re feeling weary, speak up – and then try these five strategies to regain your energy.

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.