Semin intervent Radiol 2017; 34(04): 307-312
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1608702
Review Article
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The Role of Palliative Care in Oncology

Rajiv Agarwal1, Andrew S. Epstein2, 3
  • 1Department of Medicine, Medical Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 2Division of Solid Tumor Oncology, Department of Medicine, Gastrointestinal Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 3Department of Medicine, Palliative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
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Publication Date:
14 December 2017 (online)

Abstract

Palliative care is a powerful adjunct to oncology that adds distinct value to the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of patients living with cancer. Its expanding role and integration with standard oncologic care has proven clinical benefit, as the practice of palliative care can help alleviate symptom burden, enhance illness and prognostic understanding, and improve both the quality of life and overall survival for patients. The primary aim of this review article is to highlight the significant interplay between palliative care and oncology and, in doing so, shed light on the areas for improvement and modern challenges that exist to meet the complex palliative care needs of patients with cancer.