Improving cancer care at the end of life

Laurence McCahill, Betty R. Ferrell, Rose Virani

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Excellent care for cancer patients and their families should extend throughout the illness, and should include care provided at the end of life. Recent evidence, including a report from the Institute of Medicine, has emphasised that major reform is needed to improve relief of pain, other symptoms, and psychosocial care. This paper reviews the critical necessity for reform in end-of-life care for the field of oncology and the major educational efforts required to ensure that oncology professionals can respond to this need.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalLancet Oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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