Judith Lacey

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PURPOSE To determine whether provision of a question prompt list (QPL) influences advanced cancer patients'/caregivers' questions and discussion of topics relevant to end-of-life care during consultations with a palliative care (PC) physician. PATIENTS AND METHODS This randomized controlled trial included patients randomly assigned to standard(More)
Palliative care is an emerging specialist discipline worldwide with the majority of services located in developed countries. Developing countries, however, have higher incidences of cancer and AIDS and most of these patients would benefit from palliative care. While there is prominent coverage of this issue in the palliative care literature, there is(More)
Caring for dying patients is challenging for oncologists, but a crucial aspect of cancer care. It requires highly developed communication skills and an understanding of prognostication at the end of life, which can potentially be improved by training and use of appropriate tools. Psychosocial concerns are as important as physical symptoms. Specific(More)
Malignant pheochromocytoma is a rare disorder. We describe the case of a 41-year-old female with disseminated metastatic pheochromocytoma who was admitted for ongoing palliative and supportive care within an inpatient palliative care unit. Predominant symptoms included severe gastrointestinal pseudo-obstruction and orthostatic hypotension Pseudo-obstruction(More)
OBJECTIVE This study explored how patients diagnosed with advanced cancer cope with an uncertain disease trajectory. SUBJECTS 27 patients with advanced cancer and with a prognosis of 12 months or more were recruited from the medical/radiation oncology and palliative care service at three metropolitan hospitals. METHODS A semistructured face-to-face(More)
OBJECTIVE Psychosocial interventions directed to couples where one has advanced cancer can reduce distress, enhance communication, and provide an opportunity for relational growth. The present study aimed to develop an intervention to facilitate communication about living with advanced cancer using the Patient Dignity Inventory (PDI) as the focus of a(More)
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