What are ACCP recommendations for palliative and end-of-life care for non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2021
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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The updated ACCP guidelines recommendations for palliative and end-of-life care include the following [81] :

  • For patients with stage IV lung cancer and/or a high symptom burden, palliative care combined with standard oncology care should be introduced early in the treatment course

  • Begin conversations about the patient's prognosis and goals of care at the time of the diagnosis, and continue these throughout the course of the illness

  • All physicians caring for patients with advanced lung cancer should initiate conversations about the goals of care, the pros and cons of life-sustaining treatment and end-of-life care options


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