Website Aims to Guide Cancer Survivors in Finding Comfort Care

Starting in 2002, project staff at the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Silver Spring, Md., developed a section of the coalition's website to provide information on palliative care (or comfort care) for people living with cancer, their families and their caregivers and organized a town meeting with recommendations for the field.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Targeted End-of-Life Projects Initiative.

Key Results

  • The project accomplished the following:

    • Created and launched Essential Care: Your Comprehensive Guide to Living with Cancer, a section of the coalition's existing website.
    • Planned and hosted a town meeting on April 25, 2003, in Cleveland on palliative care. Living and Dying Well with Cancer: A Community Conversation drew a live audience of 140 people, with an additional 100 participating via webcast.
    • The meeting, held on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, also highlighted Project Safe Conduct as a model of exemplary care for those with cancer. The meeting offered the following recommendations:
      • Formalize better reimbursement from health insurance carriers for palliative cancer care.
      • Curative cancer care therapy and palliative care should not be mutually exclusive in health care settings.
      • Include palliative care as a component of a comprehensive cancer care center.