Recent News Coverage of the Psycho-Oncology Research Program

  • Palliative Care and Prolonged Survival:
    Our Tulane-based team conducted a meta-analysis of high-quality RCTs of outpatient palliative cancer care. We found that in addition to reducing emotional and physical suffering, palliative care was associated with a 4.5-month increase in survival duration. Findings were covered by Cancer Today (10/25/19), the American Association of Universities (11/27/19), (11/29/18), Health Line (12/9/18), and the ASCO Daily News (5/1/19)
  • Palliative Care Gender Gap:
    Dr. Hoerger and colleagues at the University of Rochester and UC Davis found that men with advanced cancer are less likely than women to desire palliative care. Findings were covered by CancerNetwork (7/10/18)
  • Palliative Care Syringe:
    Dr. Hoerger, Ms. Perry, and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital identify the key "ingredients" in the so-called palliative care syringe, covered by Medscape (10/31/17)
  • NIH Internship:
    Mr. Rogers completed an undergraduate research internship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Neuro-Oncology Branch studying rare cancers, covered by NewWave (8/22/17)
  • Project EMPOWER:
    Dr. Hoerger and Ms. Perry's research found that informed patients are less afraid and more likely to seek palliative care. Findings were covered by New Wave (3/13/17), Oncology Nursing News (4/11/17), Inroads (4/11/17), Healio (4/12/17), the Center to Advance Palliative Care (4/14/17), OncLive (7/3/17)
  • The VOICE Study:
    Dr. Hoerger's research with the University of Rochester and UC Davis on an intervention to improve communication among oncologists, patients, and caregivers was covered in a JAMA Editorial (7/14/16), with continuing reporting from the United Press International (9/9/16) and Medscape (3/2/17)
  • Visiting Scholar:
    Dr. Hoerger's Visiting Scholar experience conducting research on palliative cancer care at Massachusetts General Hospital at the Harvard School of Medicine received attention from the Psychology Times (6/20/16)
  • Personality and Healthcare Utilization:
    Ms. Barkan's research from our lab on personality and health service utilization triggered a JACM press release (5/3/16)