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“Her medical team was underprepared for our needs in palliative care issues,” Shirin Malekpour, PhD, said at a roundtable at the NCCN 21st Annual Conference. Dr. Malekpour's mother, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, died of stage III ovarian

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Jamie H. Von Roenn, Raymond Voltz, and Alain Serrie

The importance of palliative care is increasingly being recognized in the management of patients with cancer, with clear evidence that earlier initiation of palliative care can significantly improve quality of life and potentially even survival in

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Amanda M. Rosenblum and Martin R. Chasen

language pathologist, and social worker. For patients with advanced cancer, multiple randomized studies have shown that early palliative care improves patient quality of life, and in some instances quantity of life. 1 Therefore, an oncology program is not

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Brook A. Calton, Amy Alvarez-Perez, Diane G. Portman, Kavitha J. Ramchandran, Jessica Sugalski, and Michael W. Rabow

Background As data on the benefits of palliative care (PC) for patients with cancer accumulate, 1 – 5 models for integrating PC into cancer centers have been proposed. 6 Led by ASCO, the Commission on Cancer, and IOM, 7 – 10 prominent

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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 of comprehensive cancer care. The NCCN Palliative Care Guidelines were developed to facilitate the appropriate integration of palliative care into anticancer therapy. They were developed from the collaborative efforts of medical and surgical oncologists, neurologists, anesthesiologists, psychiatrists, internists, palliative care specialists, pastoral care counselors, social workers, and nurses.

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Ryan D. Nipp, Brandon Temel, Charn-Xin Fuh, Paul Kay, Sophia Landay, Daniel Lage, Esteban Franco-Garcia, Erin Scott, Erin Stevens, Terrence O’Malley, Supriya Mohile, William Dale, Lara Traeger, Ardeshir Z. Hashmi, Vicki Jackson, Joseph A. Greer, Areej El-Jawahri, and Jennifer S. Temel

social support may explain this suboptimal treatment of older patients, more research is needed to address the multifaceted geriatric and palliative care needs of this population. 3 , 4 A challenging constellation of medical and psychosocial issues can

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Thomas W. LeBlanc and Amy P. Abernethy

Palliative care is increasingly seen as a standard component of high-quality, patient-centered comprehensive cancer care. In early 2012, ASCO released its pivotal “provisional clinical opinion” (PCO) statement on this topic, recommending the

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Maria Cristina Dans

NCCN has been a pioneer with regard to palliative care. In the 1990s, well before the American Board of Internal Medicine even recognized hospice and palliative medicine as a specialty in 2006, NCCN convened an interdisciplinary panel of experts

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Loyda Amor N. Cajucom, Rita C. Ramos, Raymund Kernell B. Mañago, Raya Kathreen T. Fuentes, Primo G. Garcia, Queenie R. Ridulme, Myra DP. Oruga, and Maria Joanna G. Viñas

gap in service delivery for pediatric oncology clients (Ferlay et al, 2012). Therefore, to improve accessibility to healthcare, it is necessary to determine the perceived palliative care needs of clients, their caregivers, and healthcare providers

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Benjamin L. Franc, Kesav Raghavan, Timothy P. Copeland, Maya Ladenheim, Angela Marks, Steven Z. Pantilat, David O’Riordan, David Seidenwurm, and Michael Rabow

Purpose: For patients with advanced cancer, palliative care (PC) referral itself results in improved quality of life and lower total health care costs. While our earlier research suggests that PC referral alone does not appear to affect imaging