Washington: Palliative care is associated with a reduced risk of suicide among veterans diagnosed with lung cancer at an advanced stage
Palliative care is provided to the terminally ill and their families, especially those provided by an organized health service.
The study's lead author, Donald Sullivan, said, "The goal of the study was to see if palliative care, which relieves physical pain and discomfort, and addresses psychological issues such as anxiety, to diminish quality of life for those with life-threatening illnesses, Reduced suicide rates among veterinarians with Stage IIIB and IV lung cancer. "
The findings were based on a study of more than 20,000 lung cancer patients enrolled in a cancer patient registry at the VA Central Cancer Registry. Of the 20,900 patients with advanced lung cancer enrolled in the registry, 30 patients committed suicide, a rate more than five times higher than the average among all veterans of similar age and gender, a significant public health problem "Especially in lung cancer patients and among veterans," Sullivan added.
Speaking about its barriers, however, he said that several medical societies recommend palliative care for all patients with advanced lung cancer, but there is often a gap between referral and practice.
Sullivan believes that palliative care should be offered to all patients shortly after they have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, and the best scenario, he says, is an integrated approach to palliative care and simultaneously treat patients with severe disease other Treatment therapies such as chemotherapy received.
The full results can be found in the annals of the American Thoracic Society.