Guideline for Treatment of Cancer Near the End of Life
lives and allows these patients to spend more time with their families instead of inhospitals.3)
Cancer care is required to be provided following evidence-based pathways of caredevised by leading national cancer expert groups. This ensures that Oregon cancer patients receive the type of care that has been shown to have the best results with thefewest side effects and other problems.What else does OHP do for cancer patients?1)
OHP provides all types of palliative care for cancer patients, to make sure that they livethe most pain-free, highest quality life with their cancer. Patients have access tomedicines for nausea and pain, acupuncture, home health care, wheelchairs, surgery torelieve a blockage in the gut, radiation to shrink painful tumors in bones, and all other types of palliative care. This palliative care will continue to be provided to all Oregoncancer patients.What happens now?1)
The VBBS will hear testimony from patients, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and any other interested member of the public today.2)
The committee members will discuss the new guideline and the testimony they hear.They may choose to re-work some or all of the guideline, or they may adopt is as it iswritten.3)
If the guideline is adopted, it will be reviewed by the entire HERC, which has membersfrom all types of areas in medicine (doctors, nurses, chiropractic, patients, health planadministrators, and more). The HERC may make changes or accept it as the VBBS hasapproved.4)
If approved, the guideline will start assisting patients, doctors, and health plans in thecare of patients with advanced stage cancer beginning in October 2013.