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Palliative oncology

Peter Hoskin and Wendy Makin

in Oncology for Palliative Medicine

Second edition

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780192628114
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628114.003.0001
Palliative oncology

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The aim of palliative care is to improve the quality of life through alleviation of tumour-related symptoms and prevention of the recurrence of these symptoms in the remaining life span of the patient. Palliative oncology is at times aimed at preventing an anticipated problem arising from the cancer disease. Discussed in this chapter are: the outcomes and end-points in palliative oncology, including the evaluation of the effect of cancer treatment; the grounds and reasons when not to administer palliative oncology and cancer treatment; and the evolving relationship between oncology and palliative care.

Keywords: palliative care; quality of life; prevention; palliative oncology; cancer; oncology; cancer treatment

Chapter.  2886 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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