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Family carers of people with advanced cancer

Donna Milne and Karen Quinn

in Family Carers in Palliative Care

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216901
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.003.0012
Family carers of people with advanced cancer

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This chapter examines the needs and situations of family carers of people with advanced cancer. It provides details on the nature of advanced cancer and describes the complexity of the family carer role. It discusses the difference between providing care for someone with advanced cancer and other caregiving roles. It also suggests that while palliative care promotes the patient and the family as the unit of care, from diagnosis into bereavement, there are gaps in adequately meeting and delivering the ideal.

Keywords: diagnosis; advanced cancer patients; palliative care; bereavement; caregiving roles

Chapter.  8038 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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