Author | Jamie Hayden Von Roenn, MD


Palliative Care Always

January 15, 2013

In this article, we present or review the evidence for providing palliative care concurrently with oncologic care, guideline-based recommendations for screening and incorporation of palliative care, and a case-based discussion to demonstrate palliative care across the continuum of cancer care.

The Integration of Palliative Care and Oncology: the Evidence

November 30, 2011

This article will review the overlap between palliative care and oncology and discuss the available evidence that true integration of palliative and oncology care provides patients with optimal oncology care.

Would a higher dose make a difference?

November 01, 2008

Dr. Von Roenn, from the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University in Chicago, commented that “this is a well-conceived and well-implemented trial.”

Commentary (Von Roenn): Improving Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer Patients

September 01, 2005

Despite major advances in cancerbiology and therapeutics,cancer and its treatment continueto cause devastating suffering,not only for the more than half a millionpatients who will die this yearfrom cancer, but also for many ofthose who will be successfully treated.[1] Symptom burden has a profoundimpact on the quality of life ofcancer patients across all stages of disease.Routine screening of ambulatorycancer patients identifies an average of7 to 10 distressing physical and psychologicalsymptoms per patient.[2]Even patients with a good performancestatus have a median of nine or moresymptoms.[3,4] Not surprisingly, theseverity and burden of symptoms nearthe end of life is even greater.[4]