Current Oncology Reports

, 20:95 | Cite as

Palliative Care in Patients with Leukemia: When and How?

  • Marieberta VidalEmail author
  • David Hui
  • Eduardo Bruera
Leukemia (A Aguayo, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Leukemia


Purpose of Review

Patients with hematologic malignancies get more aggressive treatment and the end-of-life, more ICU deaths, and prolonged hospital stays. In comparison to solid tumors, their access to palliative care and hospice is less.

Recent Findings

Multiple factors seem to play a role including curative goals, different treatment options, stronger relationship between patients and oncologist, symptom burden, and limitations of hospice care.


Improving the perception of palliative care in these patients, characterizing their needs, and more education can help to increase referrals and access to palliative care. Innovative ways to improve integration between hematology-oncology and palliative care are needed.


Palliative care Leukemia Hematologic malignancy Supportive care Hematology EOL 


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Conflict of Interest

Marieberta Vidal, David Hui, and Eduardo Bruera declare they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative MedicineThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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