According to ASCO guidelines, what are the essential components of palliative cancer care?

Updated: Jun 01, 2019
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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According to ASCO, essential components of palliative care may include the following [5] :

  • Building rapport and relationships with patients and family caregivers
  • Managing symptoms, distress, and functional status (eg, pain, dyspnea, fatigue, sleep disturbance, mood, nausea, constipation)
  • Exploration of understanding and education about illness and prognosis
  • Clarification of treatment goals
  • Assessment and support of coping needs (eg, provision of dignity therapy)
  • Assistance with medical decision making
  • Coordination with other care providers
  • Provision of referrals to other care providers as indicated

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