End-of-Life Care and Cancer: Psychosocial Needs of Patients and the Bereaved

  • Kailey E. RobertsEmail author
  • Aliza A. Panjwani
  • Allison Marziliano
  • Allison J. Applebaum
  • Wendy G. Lichtenthal


End-of-life (EOL) care is an essential component of cancer care for patients, their caregivers, and families. This chapter approaches EOL care from a psychosocial perspective, providing an overview of EOL care needs, followed by a description of assessment and intervention strategies, with particular focus on legacy-building and meaning-making. It also describes assessment and intervention approaches for individuals bereaved by cancer. While the focus of the chapter is primarily on care of adults, the unique support needs of parents and their children at EOL and during bereavement are also discussed. The chapter concludes with reflections on the state of EOL and bereavement care and recommendations for improving services.


End-of-life Palliative Hospice Cancer Bereavement Grief Pediatrics Meaning Psychosocial Support 



The writing of this chapter and research by our team was generously supported by National Cancer Institute grants T32 CA009461, F31 CA192447, R03 CA139944, K07 CA172216, R01 CA128134, and P30 CA008748.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kailey E. Roberts
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Aliza A. Panjwani
    • 3
  • Allison Marziliano
    • 2
  • Allison J. Applebaum
    • 4
  • Wendy G. Lichtenthal
    • 5
  1. 1.The New School for Social ResearchNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyThe Graduate Center, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesCaregivers Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesBereavement Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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