What are the ASCO guidelines for delivery of palliative cancer care?

Updated: Aug 13, 2018
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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ASCO recommendations on delivery of palliative care are as follows [5]

  • For patients with cancer who have high symptom burden and/or unmet physical or psychosocial needs, outpatient cancer care programs should provide and use dedicated resources (palliative care clinicians) to deliver palliative care services to complement existing program tools.
  • For patients with early or advanced cancer who will be receiving care from family caregivers in the outpatient setting, providers (eg, nurses, social workers) may initiate caregiver-tailored palliative care support, which could include telephone coaching, education, referrals, and face-to-face meetings.
  • Telephone support may be offered for family caregivers who may live in rural areas or are unable to travel to the clinic.

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