What are the ASCO guidelines for the integration of palliative care into standard oncology care?

Updated: Jun 01, 2019
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommends considering the combination of palliative care with standard oncology care early in the course of treatment for patients with metastatic cancer and/or a high symptom burden. [5] Specific recommendations are as follows:

  • The time to start palliative care is as soon as a patient's cancer becomes advanced
  • For newly diagnosed patients with advanced cancer, the Expert Panel suggests early palliative care involvement within 8 weeks after diagnosis
  • Inpatients and outpatients with advanced cancer should receive dedicated palliative care services early in the disease course concurrent with active treatment.

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