The final injustice: variation in end of life care in England

January 24, 2018

Source: Macmillan Cancer Support

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Date of publication: December 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report discusses the  experiences of people dying of cancer. The research shows that cancer patients approaching the end of their life face repeat emergency visits, and that these experiences are even worse for the poorest communities. The report highlights the variation in patient experience and discusses the need for improved access to care and support.

Length of publication: 26 pages



Supporting carers to manage pain medication in cancer patients at the end of life: A feasibility trial

August 29, 2017

Source: Palliative Medicine

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article discusses a nurse-led intervention to help carers with medication management, and evaluated its use in routine practice.  The Cancer Carers’ Medicines Management (CCMM) intervention addresses carers’ beliefs, knowledge and skills and promotes self-evaluation of competence. It centres on a structured conversational process between a nurse and carer.  The research showed that the CCMM intervention compared favourably with current practice as it offered a more systematic and comprehensive approach to supporting carer management of pain medicines.

Length of publication: 11 pages

What are the current challenges of managing cancer pain and could digital technologies help?

June 22, 2017

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2017 May 29. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: May 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article explores current cancer pain management strategies used by patients, caregivers and professionals and investigates if digital technologies can enhance cancer pain management.

Length of publication: 10 pages

Early palliative care for adults with advanced cancer

June 22, 2017

Source: Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: This systematic review compares the effects of early palliative care interventions versus treatment as usual/standard cancer care on health-related quality of life, depression, symptom intensity, and survival among adults with a diagnosis of advanced cancer.

Length of publication: 1 page

No regrets: how talking more openly about death could help people die well

May 17, 2017

Source: Macmillan Cancer Support

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report by Macmillan Cancer Support finds that more than 62,000 people die of cancer in hospitals each year in the UK despite a significant majority stating that they would like to die at home. It reveals the challenging obstacles that people face when discussing death and highlights the need for better communication to help people plan for their final days.

Length of publication: 15 pages


Successful launch of North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service

November 4, 2015

Source: Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service (NMMPCSS) was launched September 21 2015. The £560k service is part of the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) and has been developed through a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups, The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, and St Ann’s Hospice. The service provides

  • Round-the-clock telephone advice, as well as visits and care in the home;
  • Dedicated professionals working together with patients and carers – seven days a week from 8am to 8pm
  • An open referral system for patients, carers and professionals. (Patients can refer themselves to the service)
  • Help with managing problems such as pain, sickness, breathlessness, and psychological and emotional support
  • Ways for people to talk about what is important to them in their care
  • Extra help at home when things are difficult, bringing support to carers


Palliative and end of life care Priority Setting Partnership (PeolcPSP): Putting patients, carers and clinicians at the heart of palliative and end of life care research

January 30, 2015

Source: Marie Curie Cancer Care

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Marie Curie Cancer Care have published a report revealing the top 10 most important unanswered questions in palliative and end of life care. Amongst these are care provision outside of working hours and the benefits of Advance care Planning.

Length of publication: 28p.