FAQs & How to use this site
Home | About Us | Contact Us
The Front Line


The Front Line: Charles D. Blanke, MD, SWOG Chair

PREVIOUS POSTS November 2017

October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 July 2017 June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 JUNE 2016 MAY 2016 APRIL 2016 MARCH 2016 FEB 2016 JAN 2016 DEC 2015 NOV 2015 OCT 2015 SEP 2015 AUG 2015 JUL 2015 JUN 2015 MAY 2015 APR 2015 MAR 2015 FEB 2015 JAN 2015 DEC 2014 NOV 2014 OCT 2014 SEP 2014 AUG 2014 JUL 2014 JUN 2014 MAY 2014 APR 2014 MAR 2014 FEB 2014 JAN 2014 DEC 2013 NOV 2013 OCT 2013 SEP 2013 AUG 2013 JUL 2013

Exploring Research Options in Palliative Care

March 10, 2017 - Palliative care improves quality of life and survival in patients with cancer. Yet questions remain, particularly in how to study it in a publicly-funded arena. Investigators and leaders within SWOG have been asking if we should add palliative care to our research portfolio. If yes, what areas are most suitable for study? In other words, where could we – as a federally funded clinical trials network – uniquely make a difference in this broad field?

We’ll commence the conversation next month at our spring meeting. Under the leadership of SWOG Senior Advisor Dr. Frank Meyskens, we will be hosting a two-hour palliative care symposium on Friday, April 28th, from 9:45 to 11:45. The event is aimed at exploring some key areas in palliative care – care SWOG defines broadly as reducing the suffering of patients with cancer. This includes not just pain management and control of other symptoms and side effects, but advance care planning, hospice care, and physician aid-in-dying. While SWOG and other groups in the NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network have conducted many symptom control trials, palliative care has never been a dedicated focus of any cooperative group.

Should it be? We’ll hear from experts and get the discussion going, highlighting patient-physician communication and advanced care planning. Here is a line-up of speakers, who will share their expertise in clinical care delivery models, medical ethics, oncology faculty training, and palliative care interventions:

  • Anthony Back, M.D., professor of medicine, University of Washington
  • Amy Vandenbroucke, J.D., executive director, National POLST Paradigm
  • Christine Richie, M.D., M.S.P.H., professor of medicine, University of California
  • Marie Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, FAAN, professor, Marie O'Koren Endowed Chair, and associate director of the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, University of Alabama at Birmingham
To complement these presentations, we’ll hold a special screening at 3:30 p.m. Friday of the documentary Patient, A Surgeon’s Journey. The film chronicles former Kansas surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Piehler as he battles terminal prostate cancer. SWOG's own Dr. Peter Van Veldhuizen was interviewed for the film, and worked on the production, and he will speak at our screening. We hope the documentary adds a fresh perspective to our conversation.

Because palliative care research would be a new direction for SWOG, I encourage you to reach out to me by email, or talk to me directly in the hotel corridors in San Francisco, to share your thoughts. I am excited about the possibilities here for SWOG and our patients, and I hope you are, too.

SWOG Logo Disclaimer | Copyright ©1999-2017 SWOG. All rights reserved.
Design and Hosting by nuMedia
SWOG is FISMA CertifiedSWOG is FISMA Certified