Clinical Pearls in Palliative Medicine 2012

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Dr. Keith Swetz, a Palliative Medicine Physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses his article appearing in the November 2012 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, highlighting the key current points of palliative medicine including ethics, symptom management, and pain.
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When constipation becomes an emergency for cancer patients

submitted by: mdanderson
More than 50% of palliative care cancer patients have serious issues with constipation leading to emergency room visits. It’s important for cancer patients to bring up concerns about constipation with their oncologists, but some are reluctant, says Knox Todd, M.D., department chair in Emergency Medicine at MD Anderson. In this podcast, Todd discusses causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer-related constipation and makes suggestions for how to avoid associated emergency room...

Palliative Medicine for Preparedness Planning in Patients Receiving LVAD as Destination Therapy.

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Dr. Keith Swetz, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of General Internal Medicine and the Palliative Medicine program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses his article appearing in the June 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings on left ventricular assist devices as destination therapy. Available at: