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J Surg Oncol. 2019 Jul;120(1):30-34. doi: 10.1002/jso.25499. Epub 2019 May 18.

Timing of palliative care: When to call for a palliative care consult.

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1
Department of Surgery, Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
2
Surgery Service, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.

Abstract

Palliative care, unlike hospice, can be utilized concurrently with disease-modifying or curative therapies. Some of the benefits of palliative care include improved quality of life, less end-of-life treatment, and decreased medical costs. Furthermore, palliative care can help guide treatment decisions to be in line with patients' physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. On the basis of these benefits, we advocate for palliative care involvement early in the course of advanced malignancy and other terminal diagnoses.

KEYWORDS:

end-of-life care; hospice; metastatic cancer; palliative medicine

PMID:
31102469
DOI:
10.1002/jso.25499
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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