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Palliative care

Bee Wee

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.03101_update_001

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Palliative care

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Palliative care addresses the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of someone with advanced, progressive, and fatal disease. Good symptom control requires meticulous assessment, effective two-way communication, and the wise use of drugs, supported by other therapeutic interventions.

Common symptoms are (1) pain—one of the most feared symptoms in patients with advanced malignant disease; managed with disease modifying treatments, nondrug measures (e.g. heat pads), and/or analgesics (see also ...

Chapter.  7941 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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