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Michael H. Levy, Thomas Smith, Amy Alvarez-Perez, Anthony Back, Justin N. Baker, Susan Block, Shirley N. Codada, Shalini Dalal, Maria Dans, Jean S. Kutner, Elizabeth Kvale, Sumathi Misra, William Mitchell, Todd M. Sauer, David Spiegel, Linda Sutton, Robert M. Taylor, Jennifer Temel, Roma Tickoo, Susan G. Urba, Carin Van Zyl, Sharon M. Weinstein, Mary Anne Bergman, and Jillian L. Scavone

, participants will be able to: Integrate into professional practice the updates to NCCN Guidelines for Palliative Care Describe the rationale behind the decision-making process for developing the NCCN Guidelines for Palliative Care NCCN Guidelines

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Paul Glare, Kathy Plakovic, Anna Schloms, Barbara Egan, Andrew S. Epstein, David Kelsen, and Leonard Saltz

Palliative care (PC) is patient- and family-centered care for persons with life-threatening or debilitating illness that focuses on effective management of pain and other distressing symptoms, while incorporating psychosocial and spiritual care

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Maria Dans, Thomas Smith, Anthony Back, Justin N. Baker, Jessica R. Bauman, Anna C. Beck, Susan Block, Toby Campbell, Amy A. Case, Shalini Dalal, Howard Edwards, Thomas R. Fitch, Jennifer Kapo, Jean S. Kutner, Elizabeth Kvale, Charles Miller, Sumathi Misra, William Mitchell, Diane G. Portman, David Spiegel, Linda Sutton, Eytan Szmuilowicz, Jennifer Temel, Roma Tickoo, Susan G. Urba, Elizabeth Weinstein, Finly Zachariah, Mary Anne Bergman, and Jillian L. Scavone

Palliative Care Describe the rationale behind the decision-making process for developing the NCCN Guidelines for Palliative Care NCCN Guidelines Insights : Palliative Care, Version 2.2017 Version 2.2017 © National Comprehensive Cancer Network

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Juliet Jacobsen and Vicki A. Jackson

communication skills training for giving bad news and discussing transitions to palliative care . Arch Intern Med 2007 ; 167 : 453 – 460 . 15 Fryer-Edwards K Arnold RM Baile W . Reflective teaching practices: an approach to teaching communication

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Robert A. Swarm and Maria Dans

Palliative Care are designed to help expand patient access to pain management and palliative care globally and to improve care in low-resource settings. NCCN Guidelines document evidence-based, consensus-driven management to ensure that all patients receive

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Kah Poh Loh, Maya Abdallah, Meng-Shiou Shieh, Mihaela S. Stefan, Penelope S. Pekow, Peter K. Lindenauer, Supriya G. Mohile, Dilip Babu, and Tara Lagu

inherent risks (eg, infections, need for hospitalizations) are higher in patients with advanced cancer given its incurable nature and the frequent need for prolonged treatment. 4 , 5 A prior systematic review showed that the integration of palliative care

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Janet L. Abrahm

Palliative care is “ active and systematic approach to addressing issues that are important to patients and families in the setting of serious illness...aimed at yielding improvements in quality of life and relief of suffering. It is focused

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Deena R. Levine, Liza-Marie Johnson, Angela Snyder, Robert K. Wiser, Deborah Gibson, Javier R. Kane, and Justin N. Baker

Background Pediatric palliative care (PPC) is “aimed at enhancing quality of life, promoting healing, and attending to suffering in children” 1 affected by life-limiting, chronic, or life-threatening illness. 2 – 4 The movement to formally

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The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Over the past 20 years, increasing attention has been paid to quality-of-life issues in oncology. As the hospice movement has grown in this country, palliative care has developed into an integral part (rather than the antithesis) of comprehensive cancer care. Palliative care must be integrated earlier into the continuum of cancer care, and palliative, symptom-modifying therapy should be provided simultaneously with disease-modifying therapy from diagnosis. The goal of the NCCN palliative care guidelines is to help assure that each patient with cancer experiences the best possible quality of life throughout the illness trajectory. These guidelines are intended to help oncology teams provide the best care possible for their patients with incurable cancer.

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Tara B. Sanft and Jamie H. Von Roenn

The authors have no financial interest, arrangement, or affiliation with the manufacturers of any products discussed in the article or their competitors. References 1 Cancer pain relief and palliative care . Report of a WHO