Palliative care, cancer care, and end of life

Lisa Beeston

in Pain in Older People

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199212613
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199606924 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library Series Opml P

Palliative care, cancer care, and end of life

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• Annually in the United Kingdom 200,000 people develop cancer. The likelihood of developing cancer increases as we age. • Pain related to cancer is a complex phenomenon which encompasses physical, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of care—all of these have to be taken into account when caring for a person in pain. • Despite the fact that pain control in people with cancer is a significant problem, it can be managed effectively in the majority of cases, particularly when recommended guidelines are incorporated into practice. • The traditional focus for palliative care has been cancer care within the hospice setting. There is a need to recognize that although cancer care, palliative care, and end-of-life care are related, the principles of good palliative care can be transferred to non hospice settings.

Chapter.  3948 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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