Role of Palliative Medicine in Cancer Patient Care

  • Charles F. von Gunten
  • Jeanne Martinez
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 140)

Abstract

There continues to be an unexplained paradox in American cancer care. On the one hand, of all Americans who have cancer, only 50% will be cured.1,2 Most of these cures are due to surgical intervention. This proportion has remained relatively unchanged over the past 30 years. During the course of their illness for those patients whose cancer is not cured, most patients will experience considerable suffering. That suffering has physical, psychological (emotional), social (practical) and spiritual components. Multiple studies have demonstrated that these elements of patients’ and families’ suffering are not met by the current medical system.3,4,5

Keywords

Palliative Care Ethical Decision Inpatient Unit Hospice Care Palliative Medicine 
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  • Charles F. von Gunten
  • Jeanne Martinez

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