The interface between medical oncology and supportive and palliative cancer care

Dawn J Storey, Marie T Fallon, John F Smyth

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Abstract

Traditionally, medical oncology has focused on the active period of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of cancer patients, and palliative medicine, the pre-terminal and end-of-life phases. Palliative medicine physicians have particular expertise in communication and symptom control, especially, for example, with pain management. Medical oncologists also have need of excellent communication skills and knowledge of supportive care issues, such as the management of emesis, bone marrow suppression, mucositis, neuropathy, and symptoms created by treatment. This article examines the interface between medical oncology and supportive and palliative care to emphasize how each can benefit from the others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-42
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in oncology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Comprehensive Health Care
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Decision Making
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient Care Team
  • Quality of Life
  • Recurrence

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