Communicating with patients on treatment options for advanced disease

Lillie D. Shockney, Anthony Back

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A diagnosis of advanced cancer is devastating to patients and their families. The cancer care team has typically been ineffective in communicating honestly but sensitively on issues of concern, including treatment options, prognosis, and factors that affect quality-of-life. In a presentation at the NCCN 18th Annual Conference, palliative care experts Dr. Anthony Back and Ms. Lillie D. Shockney discussed the challenge of communicating about advanced disease, offered a new paradigm, and described approaches that can make physicians and nurses more comfortable and more effective in this role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-686
Number of pages3
JournalJNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Issue number5 SUPPL.
StatePublished - May 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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