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GeriPal - A Geriatrics and Palliative Care Podcast

Jul 28, 2022

We are fortunate today to interview two oncologists whose research has catapulted palliative care forward: Jennifer Temel, author of the landmark NEJM study on early outpatient palliative care for patients with advanced lung cancer; and Areej El-Jawahri, author of the landmark JAMA article on inpatient palliative care for patients with blood cancers undergoing stem cell transplant.  

Jennifer’s study is most widely known for the “kicker” - not only did it improve quality of life, palliative care was associated with a couple months longer survival.  

Areej’s study is remarkably novel in that it is, to our knowledge, the first study of palliative care during curative treatment.  

We cover a huge amount of ground today, including:

  • Jennifer’s reaction when she unblinded the study and found that palliative care was associated with prolonged life
  • Differences between inpatient and outpatient palliative care for cancer
  • What’s in the secret sauce of palliative care?  (hint: coping)
  • What’s the right dose of palliative care?
  • Do we need separate palliative care models for each cancer?
  • What is next for these two? 
  • Celine Dion

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