The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    What’s the difference between palliative and hospice care?

    Gabriela Kaplan is an oncology clinical nurse specialist at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She specializes in end-of-life care.

    Here’s just a small part of her Medscape interview.

    Palliative care

    • Care that accompanies the patient throughout their journey, “from diagnosis and hope for cure, to hospice and hope for care.”

    Hospice care

    • An acknowledgment that the person has exhausted all medical treatments and has had enough.
    • The opposite of the aggressive or curative treatments used in conventional medicine.

    The bottom line?

    Nurse Kaplan concludes, “Palliative care is part of hospice care, but you don’t have to be dying to receive palliative care.”

    It’s worth reading for anyone giving or receiving palliative or hospice care.

    6/11/10 18:52 JR

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