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RTIPs Meet Up with Betty Ferrell about Palliative Care Intervention for Lung Cancer Patients

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I am delighted my interventions, “Palliative Care Intervention for Lung Cancer Patients” and “Palliative Care Intervention for Caregivers of Lung Cancer Patients” have been added to the RTIPs repository! I am including more information about the intervention designed for lung cancer patients below, and I would love to hear about the types of interventions other R2R members are using for lung cancer and palliative care for both patients and their caregivers!


In the United States, lung cancer is the primary cause of cancer-related death and is the second most common type of cancer. Approximately 150,000 people die each year from lung cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for 85% of lung cancer cases. Lung cancer can cause pain and an array of physical symptoms including coughing blood, body aches, infections, weight loss, and weakness. Other common physical symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and insomnia. Further, patients who receive a diagnosis of cancer and undergo treatment often face depression, anxiety, and fear as well as concerns about their legacy and loved ones. Practical concerns, such as those related to finances, insurance, and employment, also may emerge. In the face of a diagnosis and potential end of life, patients also may struggle spiritually as they search for meaning in their lives and an understanding of why cancer is happening to them.


Palliative care can help improve the quality life (QOL) of patients with lung cancer, regardless of disease stage. Palliative care aims to assist lung cancer patients by managing pain and other symptoms; providing emotional support; coordinating services to assist with financial, legal, and other needs; and exploring faith in the search for peace or acceptance.


Palliative Care Intervention for Lung Cancer Patients is an interdisciplinary intervention that aims to improve symptom management and quality of life for patients with Stage I–IV NSCLC. The intervention’s conceptual framework includes adult teaching principles and elements of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, which provides guidance on palliative care using a patient- and family-centered approach.