Nina Grenon Discusses the Impact of Early Palliative Care

January 21, 2014
Nina Grenon, RN, APRN, BC

Nina Grenon, RN, APRN, BC, nurse practitioner, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses the results of a study that looked at the effect of palliative care in patients with lung cancer.

Nina Grenon, RN, APRN, BC, nurse practitioner, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses the results of a study that looked at the effect of palliative care in patients with lung cancer.

In a study conducted years ago, newly diagnosed metastatic patients with lung cancer were randomized to receive standard of care or standard of care plus palliative care. The results of the study were powerful, Grenon says, demonstrating that those patients who received palliative care saw significant benefit. Patients who received palliative care saw survival and quality of life improvement and a decrease in cost of care.

Grenon says that such a study needs to be duplicated in other cancers.