ONCOLOGY Vol 25 No 13 | Oncology

Moving Beyond 'Best Supportive Care'

November 30, 2011

In their article, Dr. Jamie Von Roenn and Dr. Jennifer Temel demonstrate the value of enhanced symptomatic and palliative care for symptom reduction, improvement in quality of life, and, in some instances, better survival.

The Oncologist as Primary Palliative Care Provider

November 30, 2011

There has been much progress in our “war on cancer,” launched with President Nixon’s signing of the National Cancer Act in 1971. In 2011, however, it is estimated that more than 571,000 people will die from cancer.

Integration of Palliative Care Into Comprehensive Cancer Care: Accountable Collaboration

November 30, 2011

n their article, Dennis et al call for timely integration of palliative care into standard oncology care and sustained collaboration between these two specialties, to provide comprehensive, individualized care for patients with advanced, incurable cancer and their families.[

Why Oncologists Should Refer Earlier for Hospice Care

November 30, 2011

Authors von Gunten, Lutz, and Ferris have provided oncologists, and all physicians with patients who have cancer, an excellent and pithy review of how those with very advanced cancer are currently cared for as they approach the end-of-life

Palliative Care Is Adaptable to a Wide Variety of Oncology Practice Settings

November 30, 2011

First, I need to reiterate what Dr. Alesi and her coauthors have so clearly stated: that there is a paucity of published data on most aspects of the delivery of palliative care (PC) services in the outpatient setting, although this now appears to be changing.

Independent Physician Associations and Outpatient Palliative Care: Challenges and Opportunities

November 30, 2011

The demand for early palliative care (PC) involvement has never been greater in the setting of capitated healthcare delivery systems. The review by Alesi et al is timely in that it illustrates innovative practice partnerships with oncology groups during a time when PC is being thrust into mainstream outpatient care.[1]

The Hope of Integrated Palliative Care in Oncology Private Practice

November 30, 2011

The review by Alesi et al attempts to answer an important question in real clinical practice: Is it better to refer patients directly to hospice when aggressive treatments have stopped working or rather to integrate palliative care (PC) earlier in the course of a patient’s disease?

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.