For National Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness Month, Joe Contreras, MD, spoke to Oncology Nursing News® about some common misconceptions between the 2 and how oncology nurses can more effectively speak with their patients about palliative care.
“I think the biggest [change] that we’ve seen is the addition of adjuvant or consolidated chemotherapy following the completion of concurrent chemotherapy and radiation. We have seen the 4-year overall survival data now and the 5-year update from the PACIFIC study in the adjuvant setting, obviously confirming the initial signal that patients who have initiation of immunotherapy early carry a significant risk reduction for progression and overall survival…”
“We’ve had periods of time where things were shut down. We do have telemedicine, that was expanded, but telemedicine doesn’t work for everyone. If you don’t have internet access, if you don’t have the ability to understand the technology….”